Despite their prevalence in the business world, there has been a scarce amount of theorizing and research focused on ERGs. To help facilitate the development of this work, the authors (Theresa M. Welbourne, Skylar Rolf, and Steven Schlachter) introduce a theoretical framework using social identity theory, as well as propositions that can serve to spur additional research on a critical topic for today’s businesses.
Research and Insights Archive
Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations
In this webinar Theresa Welbourne reviews data from the most recent ERG research and survey work. Using results from 50 different companies we examine findings that help us explore how ERGs are impacting their businesses, members and company employees.
There is tremendous scrutiny getting ready for an IPO and life as a public company. Like a three-eye monster, a company must face three perspectives when going through an IPO: the public eye, the operations eye and the internal eye.
As business focus moves to the public and operations eyes, often it is assumed that managing those two well will automatically cover the needs of the internal perspective.
In a one hour webinar with Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, learn how like-minded business leaders are working to transform how they use data to tell stories and drive action that leads to positive results.
Using the funding from an IPO to drive innovation, secure an internal team that can propel growth and invest in the right leadership and partners will get a company a long way, and the sooner the firm starts and uses investment for these purposes, the better.
ERGs are marching forward and supporting business agendas for growth. They are innovating, creating, teaching and building trust.
Human Resource Slack, Human Capital Risk, and Firm Performance: Should Firms Grow Employees Faster Than Sales?
Varkey Titus Jr. (University of Nebraska) and Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) utilize a sample of firms that are at a critical moment of growth: after going public. Analysis of 1,437 firm-year observations comprised of 330 initial public offerings (IPO) tracked over the course of five years indicates that the relationship between HR slack and profitability is curvilinear (inverted-U shape).
Employee resource groups (ERGs) are within-organization groups, staffed by employee volunteers, which have evolved since their inception in the 1960s. In this paper, Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO), Skylar Rolf (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and Steven Schlachter (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) provide an introduction to ERGs, review the literature that exists to date, and provide ideas for a research agenda.
Building Human Capital Advantage in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs): The Effect on Long-Term Firm Survival and Performance
Using survey data collected from the firms’ leadership teams in the beginning of the year following their IPO, Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) and Kyle Gibson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) test the effects of their approaches to human capital on long-term (10-year) firm survival and performance.
Theresa Welbourne discusses how Data-Driven Storytellers help leaders use HR data to have highly interactive dialogues that lead to decisive action that fuels high-impact and measurable business results.
This research group for leaders focused on improving employee engagement is a follow up to the Incentive Research Foundation technical report titled: Engaged in what? Creating connections to performance with rewards, recognition and roles.