Recommended Supplementary Material

Film Teaching Materials:

Making of We the Owners

Common Questions about Themes in We the Owners

Interview with Mary Ann Beyster, Executive Producer of We the Owners
Courtesy of “Conversations with Harold Hudson Channer", March 2014

Aired on:

Manhattan Neighborhood Network

PBS NewsHour,
Making Sense

We the Owners clips used in PBS NewsHour segment
Making Sense, October 2015

Aired on:

Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Additional Employee Ownership resources from the Foundation for Enterprise Development:

  • Book: The SAIC Solution: Built by Employee Owners MORE HERE.
  • ESOP Mini video: This mini version of We the Owners was created in conjunction with the National Center for Employee Ownership. View for free HERE
  • Training and Education: offered by the Beyster Institute HERE

Recommended Video's:

Interviews with Fellows and Researchers:
Distributed Leadership with Motivated Employees
Elaine Backman, MIT Sloan School of Management - Distributed Leadership with Motivated Employees
EO Role in Firms with Higher Collaboration, Trust, Empowerment, Accountability
Hiram Samel, MIT Sloan School of Management - EO Role in Firms with Higher Collaboration, Trust, Empowerment, Accountability
Social Justice by Owning Means of Production
Peter Thompson, University of Illinois - Social Justice by Owning Means of Production
Social Justice by Owning Means of Production
Frank Shipper, Salisbury University - Innovation, Engagement, and Ownership
Employee Ownership for Start-ups
Moses Lee, Employee Ownership for Start-ups

More interviews are availablehere

Interviews with Practitioners and Industry Experts:

MIT Enterprise Forum Panel Discussion - Re-Envisioning the Company: Shared Capitalism through Employee Ownership
Moderator: David Binns, FED Trustee
Panelists (Beyster Fellowship faculty): Art Boni (CMU), Joseph Blasi (Rutgers); Tony Matthews (Rady School/UCSD)

Lessons Learned from SAIC for Today's Business Climate - May 23, 2007
Presented by: MIT Enterprise Forum with CONNECT
Moderator: Scott Horsley, Business Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)
Panelists: 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)

Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership

CLEO Curriculum Library on Employee Ownership, is a free online repository of teaching and background materials on employee ownership. Through the collaboration of the Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), the Employee Ownership Foundation, and the Aspen Institute, CLEO was originally launched in October of 2008. For eight years it resided at Aspen Institute's and grew to have more than 700 teaching materials, including videos, cases, syllabi, teaching modules, and reading collections, with thousands of downloads per year by researchers, teachers, and companies. Now residing at Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations, CLEO will continue to grow and serve the community.

Case Studies

More on EO

Employee Ownership is when a company is owned, either in part or in whole, by its employees. While employee ownership comes in many shapes and sizes - including the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), various forms of stock ownership, co-operatives, profit sharing and many other combinations - the underlying goal is unwavering: to motivate and incentivize employees through ownership as a mechanism for increased company performance.

Thriving successfully in a global economy requires new business models and strategies to keep the "American Dream" - opportunity and economic prosperity – alive and well. Employee Ownership is one such business model that, in times of both economic challenges and prosperity, lays the groundwork for a sustainable enterprise. In We the Owners, several successful models of employee ownership are profiled and explored to unveil how these approaches to voice, vote and shared ownership positively impact wealth creation and distribution.

Whether you are a student learning about this, an entrepreneur starting-up a company, or an existing business considering employee ownership, we hope this documentary will be the beginning of a robust dialogue about the power of employee ownership, and we encourage you to tap into the resources compiled on this page (service organizations, cases, videos, books) to learn more.