Foundation For Enterprise Development


FED Sponsored Development Completed

Florida State University

“The Experiential Classroom”

FED provided 8 years of seed funding to the Experiential Classroom, now at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of Florida, to introduce employee ownership curriculum to leading entrepreneurship professors in the nation. This program is the premier program on best practices in how to teach entrepreneurship and build entrepreneurship programs, and the three-day clinic provides an opportunity for piloting new employee ownership educational materials for entrepreneurship classes and curriculum. More here

Employee Ownership Research Network (EORN) Sponsorship to the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference

The EORN is a network of young academics from Europe and North America with interests in employee ownership. In 2007, they assembled for the annual conference of the European Academy of Management, presented nine papers, and met fellow academics with common interests. To learn more, contact Ed Carberry, a Beyster Fellow and Visiting Professor at Rutgers University.

New case studies highlight technology companies with broad-based ownership

Under grants provided by the FED, Prof. Frank Shipper, Ph.D., and colleagues write case studies that describe relatively small, but high-tech firms and their most critical resource, their employees.  Some of the firms started as traditional firms, but all are now at least partially employee-owned. A full listing and the cases are available on the Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership:

Example cases include:


Rutgers University

Case Studies on Employee Ownership: A Review (Download PDF)

Dr. Joseph Blasi of Rutgers University conducted a systematic review of case studies incorporating employee ownership—including profit/gain sharing, broad-based stock programs, and employee stock option plans (ESOP)—using the case study libraries of major U.S. schools that produce cases. The article was published by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) in the Journal of Employee Ownership Law and Finance. Click to subscribe to this journal.

Case Study: Using Ownership Incentives in China

Tamara Carleton, a Ph.D. candidate at the Stanford School of Engineering has completed her case study, Using Ownership Incentives in China. In this study she follows a Silicon Valley startup called PeriRaden (not its real name) has built a new product in the mobile consumer space. Over the last two years, the founder and CEO Roy Weber funded the startup through personal savings and an angel round of investment. A dozen employees receive varying levels of salary and equity in the new company, which is a common practice for new ventures in Silicon Valley. Roy would like to expand PeriRaden’s operations into the Chinese market. With the support of the board, he plans to open a Chinese office and extend the ownership culture to the new staff in order to better motivate and retain them. Could he transplant Silicon Valley’s model of employee ownership without alienating his American team and complicating emerging operations in China?

To view the related webinar "Exporting Innovation: Translating Silicon Valley's Culture in China," please visit the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

To read recent publication titled "Three Lessons of Ownership" in the NCEO Employee Ownership Report November/December 2012, please visit NCEO Report.