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Why and How Employee Resource Groups Work

Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:00am – 10:00am PT
with Theresa Welbourne

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Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) on the Frontier of Change and Innovation

In this webinar, Theresa Welbourne and Ali Najafi will be reviewing the latest findings from the 2017 ERG research project, which is part of the annual ERG Leadership Summit.

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Overcoming Challenges Facing BRGs in Global, Complex Organizations: A Conversation with Wil Lewis

With 90,000 employee network memberships and more than 200,000 global employees, Bank of America has made great strides in their ERG/BRG work. In this webinar, learn how they are moving the needle in supporting employee networks that meet the needs of a large and diverse group of employees.

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The Case for Employee Resource Groups: A Review and Social Identity Theory-Based Research Agenda

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.

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Presenting the ERG Impact Model

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.

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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).

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Employee Resource Groups: An Introduction, Review and Research Agenda

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.

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The Business Impact of ERGs: Learnings from the 2014 ERG Leadership Summit, December 9, 2014, Recording/Slides

In this webinar, Dr. Welbourne reviewed learning from the 2014 ERG Leadership Survey. With responses from ERG members in 21 companies, we created a new ERG Impact Model and explored ways in which ERGs both directly and indirectly impact business outcomes.

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