Title: Leveraging diversity through employee resource groups in the USA: implications for human resource development practitioners in South Africa

Authors: Chaunda L. Scott

Addresses: Human Resource Development, Pawley Hall 495B, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4494, USA

Abstract: Indigenous empirical data examining the role employee resource groups (ERGs) could play in South African organisations as a useful diversity management strategy is scant. This qualitative inquiry will define the US concept of ERGs, highlight the need for ERGs in South African organisations, examine the history of ERGs and the role ERGs play in four US organisations, along with its perceived benefits to those organisations. Implications for the field of HRD in South Africa are offered.

Keywords: employee resource groups; ERGs; workplace diversity; organisational strategy; USA; United States; South Africa; diversity management strategy; HRD; human resource development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2010.033587

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2010 Vol.10 No.3, pp.272 - 283

Published online: 06 Jun 2010 *

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