Guest Post – Employee Ownership Research

Today we welcome Dr. Joseph Blasi as our guest. At The ESOP Association’s 2012 Annual Conference in May, Dr. Joseph Blasi, a well-known and respected researcher in the employee ownership field, spoke to Conference attendees at the Employee Ownership Foundation Luncheon. He discussed new research on employee ownership and offered new insights on the findings from the 2010 General Social Survey. Dr. Blasi has been kind enough to share his presentation, and additional information, with Association members here on the blog.

First, a little bit about Dr. Blasi. He is the J. Robert Beyster Professor of Employee Ownership and a sociologist at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and his work includes economic sociology, the social and economic history of the corporation, and public policy, particularly, broad-based employee stock ownership, profit sharing, gain sharing, and stock options in corporations, in countries, and in industries. For a complete bio, please visit the Rutgers University website here

Now, let’s hear from Professor Blasi:

I enjoyed speaking with members of so many ESOP companies from around the United States at the recent Employee Ownership Foundation Luncheon at The ESOP Association’s Annual Conference in May. The Annual Awards Dinner made a lasting impression on me, since as a researcher, I do not often get to hear the individual stories and get a peek into the cultures of so many companies. I thought I would share the Power Points from my talk and a very brief summary of the new research on employee ownership, along with two tables on what we now know about employee ownership from the 2010 General Social Survey.  If there are any questions, please feel free to email me at

The following are links to the above mentioned tables about employee ownership from the 2010 General Social Survey and the summary of new research on employee ownership.

TABLE 1:  Participation in Employee Ownership and Stock Options, 2002-2010

TABLE 2: Participation in US Equity Programs, by Job Characteristics (2010)

FROM: The June Issue 2012

National Bureau for Economic Research Newsletter

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If you would like to download a copy of Dr. Blasi’s Power Point presentation, please click here. We’ll share below a few slides from the presentation.

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