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The SAIC Story: The Founder and Employee-Owners

The SAIC Story: The Founder and Employee-Owners

  • Books — The SAIC Solution and others

    The SAIC Solution: How We Built an $8 Billion Employee-Owned Technology Company

    Published in the spring of 2007, tells the story of J. Robert Beyster, a reticent entrepreneur, 45 years of age, who starts a technical company with a small group of fellow scientists and engineers. The story provides an inside look at how this group grew and made Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) one of the most successful research and technology companies in the world.

    The book is organized into 14 chapters. Twelve of them are based on the Principles that were used to run SAIC. The 13th is a discussion of modern corporate governance principles and the 14th is what Dr. Beyster sees in the future.

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    Purchase an Unsigned Copy via Amazon

    The Network Solution Story: Monetizing the Internet

    In 1995, SAIC aquired Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI) – a small telecommunications and computer network consulting business at the time. However this "routine" acquisition turned out to be something quite out of the ordinary: with the internet boom around the corner, and NSI having control over Internet domain name registration, new, unprecedented challenges lay ahead. This is ultimately a story of the unpredictability of business, the challenges presented by rapid growth, and the lessons learned through these experiences. Written in collaboration by Dr. J. Robert Beyster and Mike Daniels, it also offers a glimpse into the future challenges to be addressed through the eyes of those who navigated the uncharted waters of internet security, privacy, social networking, politics and policy—and much more—during the exponential growth of the World Wide Web in the 1990s.

    Anyone interested in contributing views, providing suggestions or personal stories, or playing a role in shaping the book should visit Dr. Beyster's blog.

    Mike Daniels is former chairman of Network Solutions (1995-2000), former chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobile 365, Inc. (2005-2006), and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (the largest technology council in the United States). He sold his company, Computer Systems Management, to SAIC in 1986 and served as a member of the senior management team from 1986 to 2004. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (serving as vice chairman), and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. While at SAIC, Mike identified Network Solutions as an opportunity to help SAIC enter the Internet business, and managed its purchase by SAIC for $4.7 million in March of 1995. He led Network Solutions during times of fundamental change, through three successful initial public offerings in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and its subsequent sale.

    Stay tuned for the publishing of this book targeted for 2012!

  • Articles — Thought pieces from employee owners

    Bob Beyster, employee owner for over 30 years, SAIC

    • Obama's Top-Three Priorities: The Economy, The Economy, and The Economy - Xconomy READ
    • SAIC Principles and Practices (PDF, 502 KB) — excerpt from The SAIC Solution READ
    • Embracing Change Through Employee Ownership (PDF, 112 KB) — Benefits & Compensation Digest READ
    • Series of articles — Daily Biz Solutions READ
    • The Nine Principles of Organizational Innovation (PDF, 76 KB) - Leadership Excellence READ
    • Learn to Own Up for Engagement - Manage Smarter READ
    • Unlocking the Power of Ownership - READ
    • Dr. Joseph Blasi interviewing Dr. Beyster (PDF, 1.2 MB) READ

    Jim Russell, Employee owner for over 30 years, SAIC

    • Little Things Beget Big Things (PDF, 302 KB) READ
    • Are Proposal Specialists Crazy or Just Different — (PDF) READ
    • Be Prepared to Adapt When Your Capture Plan Goes Awry (PDF) READ
    • Did the Lessons I Learned Growing up Prepare Me for Employee Ownership and Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology — (PDF) READ

    Bill Scott, Employee owner for over 30 years, SAIC

    • Myth #1: Employee Ownership Is Good for Founders (PDF, 183 KB) READ
    • Myth #2: More Employee Ownership Is Always Better (PDF, 66 KB) READ
    • Myth #3: Going Public Ends Employee Ownership (PDF, 264 KB) READ
    • Myth #4: Employee Ownership Leads to Two Corporate Excesses: Employee Entitlements and Executive Compensation (PDF, 250 KB) READ

    Carl Albero, Employee owner for over 20 years, SAIC

    • The AMSEC Story (PDF, 288 KB) READ

    Matt Tobriner, Employee owner for over 35 years, SAIC

    • Corporate Governance in Employee-Owned Companies (PDF, 254 KB) READ

  • Videos — Interviews and panel discussions about The SAIC Solution

    An Interactive videoconference at Carnegie Mellon (5 mins) – February 14, 2008


    • Art Boni, Professor, Carnegie Mellon, Tepper School of Business


    • Dr. J. Robert Beyster; Dr. Gene Ray (Founder and Former Chairman & CEO, Titan Corporation)


    UCSD Founders Panel (58 mins) – June 25, 2007

    Presented by the Rady School of Management


    • Tom Dillon, Former SAIC Officer


    • Dr. J. Robert Beyster; Dr. Gene Ray (Founder and Former Chairman & CEO, Titan Corporation)

    Lessons Learned from SAIC for Today's Business Climate (5 mins) – May 23, 2007

    Presented by MIT Enterprise Forum with CONNECT


    • Scott Horsley, Business Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)


    • Dr. J. Robert Beyster; Dr. Gene Ray (Founder and Former Chairman & CEO, Titan Corporation);
    • Tom Darcy (Former CFO and Executive Vice President for Strategic Projects, SAIC);
    • Bill Roper (Former Executive Vice President for Strategic Investments, SAIC)

    View Full 20 minute video (requires Quicktime)

  • Podcast — Audio interview of Dr. J. Robert Beyster about The SAIC Solution

    Management Issues, The Working Week 24 — October 9, 2007 (12 mins). play it

    "The Working Week" is a weekly digest of news, blogs, and opinion from the pages of Each week, host Wayne Turmel leads a discussion on matters important to business, management development and human resources.

  • Photo Gallery of The SAIC Solution book signing events

    San Diego State

    13 photos
    17 photos
    15 photos
    9 photos
    East Coast Book Tour
    41 photos
    Conference Reception
    24 photos
    Book review meeting with Peter Economy
    7 photos


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