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J. Robert Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership

“World's First” Professorship in Employee Ownership

Congratulations to Joseph R. Blasi - selected as the first J. Robert Beyster Professor!
Read a short interview with Professor Blasi about employee ownership and shared capitalism


The J. Robert Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership is Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations' first endowed professorship. According to Rutgers, it is the first named chair in employee ownership (EO) established anywhere, as far as can be determined. Dr. Beyster's goal for this endowment is "to establish Rutgers as a central node for the network of EO researchers and practitioners across the U.S." Rutgers has a long track record of leadership in EO and demonstrated commitment to closely related fields of human resources, labor management, accounting, and corporate governance.


Academic Research

The FED sponsors inter-disciplinary research focused on how broad-based ownership models motivate employees, improves firm performance, advances innovation, and supports economic development.