Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies

Harvard Business

Some businesses with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are converting into structures that more closely resemble worker co-ops. When the founder of Sun Light & Power, a solar power company based in California, created his succession plan recently, he worked with his employees to transition the company from a tax-advantaged ESOP, in which a company’s stock is bought by its workers and employees, to what they called an “ESOP-erative.”


Huawei: A Case Study of When Profit Sharing Works

Harvard Business Review

But how feasible are these plans at large, global organizations?There At Huawei’s inception, Zhengfei designed the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The structure of the ESOP is based on two important premises. Huawei’s ESOP can satisfy both human needs. The ESOP emphasizes the idea that Huawei belongs to everyone in the company and that Zhengfei expects all employees to act like owners, with dedication and committment.