The Aspen Institute Announces Second Annual Dissertation Proposal Award for Innovative Employee Ownership Research

February 17, 2010

Contact: Justin Goldbach
Program Manager
Business & Society Program, The Aspen Institute
(212) 895-8053

New York, NY, February 17, 2010 – The Center for Business Education at the Aspen Institute, in partnership with the Foundation for Enterprise Development and the Employee Ownership Foundation, is pleased to announce the second annual Shared Capitalism through Employee Ownership dissertation proposal award. 

This prestigious award for promising dissertation research is intended to identify innovative research and high-impact ideas about business and society, particularly in the areas of broad-based employee ownership and participative workforces.

Awardees receive feedback from renowned scholars, an honorarium, and recognition at an Aspen Institute fall function held in New York City, among other benefits.  This year’s application deadline is April 16th, 2010.  Additional details about the application process, judging structure, and access to the online application form are available at the following website:

Last year’s winner was Daphne Berry, a fourth year doctoral student of management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who is undertaking trailblazing research in the area of direct care workers.  Specifically, Berry questions whether home health care aides are more or less efficient given the structure of the organization by which they are employed.

About the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education
The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education equips business leaders for the 21st century with a new management paradigm—the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability with social value.  As part of the Aspen Institute, the Center aims to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

About The Foundation for Enterprise Development
The Foundation for Enterprise Development, established by Dr. J. Robert Beyster, has programs for new research, educational materials, policy development, and knowledge sharing that helps cultivate young and senior scholars and supports future generations of science and technology leaders interested in the combined principles of broad-based, participative employee ownership and entrepreneurialism.  For further information, visit:

About The Employee Ownership Foundation
The Employee Ownership Foundation’s primary purpose is to support programs that will increase the level of awareness and appreciation of the benefits of employee ownership and increase the number of employees who have access to this benefit.  For more information, visit:


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