Employee Ownership 101: The Foundation of Employee Ownership: A Brief History  - CLEO Skip to main content


Employee Ownership 101 is designed as a concept exploration two-unit elective course. After completing the course, students will have an understanding of the role of private capital in the development of wealth and the evolution of private capital from its earliest forms to our modern capitalist system. The course content includes an exploration of colonial America and the nature of wealth as it evolved in the United States; introduction to visionary entrepreneurs who practiced capitalism in a very inclusive fashion; a study of the outcomes of inclusive capitalism; investigation of origins of the union movement’s experimentation with employee ownership, ESOPs and other systems of inclusive capitalism; and inquiry into the nature of ownership and the dual features of equity and control that comprise ownership in a western sense.