January 4, 2021

New Academic Fellows in Employee Ownership

Loren joined the NCEO in 2005 and became its executive director in 2010. He writes extensively on employee ownership and has spoken at events around the world. Since entering the field in 1995 as a consultant, he has worked with hundreds of companies. His expertise includes ESOPs, equity compensation, best practices for employee ownership companies, research, effective communications, employee motivation, corporate governance, ESOP transactions and operations, and business literacy.

On December 31, 2020, the Rutgers University Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing announced the 16 academic fellows for the coming year. The institute’s current and former fellows form a global research network of more than 100 scholars, from students to faculty, in disciplines including economics, law, sociology, history, business, and much more. The network includes the NCEO's Nancy Wiefek, Corey Rosen, and Loren Rodgers.

Joseph Blasi, the institute’s director and the J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, said, "The institute is focused on one thing and one thing only: getting professors at Rutgers and those who are research fellows from the 5000 colleges in the U.S. to use their time to study employee ownership carefully and to share their findings with companies who can use their research to best manage employee share ownership in their companies. We want to encourage every college to teach about employee share ownership in their courses using our Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership (CLEO) that features a lot of NCEO mini-case studies.”

Among the topics to be explored by this year’s fellows are:

  • Ownership transitions by business owners, especially owners who are women or people of color
  • How the pandemic-driven recession is affecting people of color, immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated
  • New forms of employee ownership, such as the employee ownership trust.

To learn more about the fellowship program, the scholars, or the work and research they produce, visit the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations website.