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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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Employee Resource Groups, 3/4/14, recording

Join Theresa Welbourne as she takes a deeper dive into last year’s Employee Resource Group research, which uncovered ERG’s as sources of innovation. During the webinar she will discuss how ERG’s are driving and aligning with the business.

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Employee Resource Groups, 3/4/14, recording

Join Theresa Welbourne as she takes a deeper dive into last year’s Employee Resource Group research, which uncovered ERG’s as sources of innovation. During the webinar she will discuss how ERG’s are driving and aligning with the business.

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Making the Business Case for Employee Resource Groups

There has been an evolution and growth of employee resource groups (ERGs) over the last 30 years. In this article, Theresa M. Welbourne (CEO) and Lacey Leone McLaughlin (CEO) supplement the work on ERGs through several different data-gathering approaches.

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ERG’s and Innovation, 2/26/13, Audio/Slides

Theresa Welbourne and Lacey Leone McLaughlin discussed new learnings from the first Employee Resource Group (ERG) Summit and the research conducted for that program.

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Employee Resource Groups as Sources of Innovation

Theresa Welbourne and Ian Ziskin discussed new learnings from the first Employee Resource Group (ERG) Summit and the research conducted for that program. The data focus on what drives success of ERGs, member energy at work, and identity.

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The Effects of Inquiry Paradigms on Inquirers: A Study of the Impact of Different Inquiry Methods and Topics on Two Groups of Consulting Teams

Ramkrishnan V. Tenkasi, Tojo J. Thachankary, Frank J. Barrett, and Michael R. Manning investigated the impact of two different guiding schemas about organizations and topics of inquiry, on two groups of consulting teams.

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