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The Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences (CNRS Rank 3 journal) is to present the award to Jennifer HARRISTON, NEOMA BS assistant Professor with the People and Organisations Department, for her co-authored research article: What does employee ownership effectiveness look like? The case of a Canadian-based firm.

Jennifer Harriston, along with Prof. Parbudyal Singh and Prof. Shayna Frawley of York University in Toronto, will be presented with the award at the Canadian Association of Administration Sciences Annual Conference in St Catharines, Ontario, from May 24-27, 2019. This prize rewards the three professors' research related to the theme of employee share ownership. Jennifer Harriston introduces us to the research subject with 3 answers to 3 questions.

Can you describe the subject of your research?

Employee share ownership plans (ESOPs) are considered an effective means to building positive organisational cultures. However, the potential benefits of these programmes are generally not taken into account by the organisations themselves. One of the sources of the problem is that companies are not able to ensure the internal alignment of this program with its strategic context. The purpose of this study is precisely to provide a historical context on the attitudes, values and beliefs that facilitate this internal alignment and the effectiveness of employee ownership.

How did you compile your results?

We relied on a qualitative approach. Data was collected through semi-constructed interviews with 30 employees (24 employees, 6 managers) who were part of a 100% employee-owned Canadian company. Records of HR practices, the market, ownership plans and the company's financial performance were also gathered to help compile the results.

What are the conclusions of your research?

Remarkable similarities have been found in the factors. As such, the employees themselves thought they were contributing most to the effectiveness of this type of ownership. Despite the differences in employee roles and status, they all stressed the notion of trust in the share ownership programme, participative decision-making, ownership identity and saw the organisation as a family unit. The results therefore suggest how a broader and more inclusive conceptualisation of employee ownership can be applied to help understand how such programmes manifest themselves and develop.

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Referecnes :Harrison, Jennifer & Singh, Parbudyal & Frawley, Shayna, What does employee ownership effectiveness look like? The case of a Canadian-based firm, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration, 2016.