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J. Robert Beyster Papers at UCSD Special Collections

The J.R. Beyster papers constitute over fifty years of documents demonstrating the vision, entrepreneurship, and nationally important innovations of J.R. Beyster and of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), as a San Diego based and privately-held, employee-owned company. This Collection, available at Special Collections & Archives at UC San Diego Library, is a historical preservation of the technological, managerial, and employee-ownership innovations of Dr. Beyster and SAIC. FED and the Beyster Family worked with Leidos and UCSD, a global education leader, on multiple phases of archiving. The goal is for educators and researchers to have access to this unique resource on San Diego business, scientific ingenuity of national and global impact, and employee-owner enabled entrepreneurial practices so that others may build off of the learnings of Dr. Beyster and SAIC.

World’s First Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership

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. Dr. Beyster’s goal for this endowment was “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. Joseph R. Blasi was named the J. Robert Beyster Professor of Employee Ownership at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.

Beyster Fellowship Program

The Beyster Fellowship Program, administered by Rutgers University, started in 2008 to support students and faculty at business schools, engineering schools and entrepreneurship centers engaged in applied research studies and curriculum development. The Program currently includes researchers and scholars from more than 40 universities representing diverse academic disciplines.

Beyster Fellowship Symposium

The Beyster Fellowship Symposium [hyperlink when Blasi page updated] , administered by Rutgers University, is an annual meeting place for scholars that have been identified under various fellowships and are studying different aspects of employee ownership and profit sharing including (but not limited to) impacts on personal, firm, and economic health and performance, corporate culture, leadership, incentives in new and existing enterprises, equality and diversity, business sustainability and responsible investing. Since FED initiated in 2009, this has become the largest academic symposium of scholars involved in the interdisciplinary study of employee stock ownership and participation. The FED Archive [hyperlink when available] is home to the annual agendas and proceedings since the inaugural symposium.

Emerging Scholar Awards

In support of young scholars, the FED created an Emerging Scholar Award program advancing “Employee Ownership and Participation” in partnership with Academy of Management. The purpose of this award is to identify innovative research in management or management-related disciplines that considers high-impact ideas in the context of business and society’s needs for employee empowerment, participative workforces, and wealth creation through broad-based equity and profit-sharing mechanisms, work practices, organizational structures, and innovation and entrepreneurial models.

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