Points of View on Mergers & Acquisitions

Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO - Connolly Clarke, is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at local and national conferences and universities including the International Quality and Productivity Center, Society of Human Resources Management, American Society for Training and Development, American Gas Association, Association of Legal Administrators,  Canadian Nuclear Association, Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, Cleveland State University HR Executive Series,  Association of Internal Management Consultants, Talent Management Forum,  University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, Northern Ohio CIO Roundtable, Edgewood College School of Accounting, and the Midmarket Energy Roundtable.  Presentation topics include:


  • The Eight Competencies of Effective HR Business Partners
  • Building the Business Case for HR – Defining HR ROI
  • Effective Talent Management: The Future is Now
  • ​Becoming a Trusted Advisor
  • A Field Guide for the Talent Shortage: Strategies, Tactics, and Best Practices
  • Building Internal Consulting Capabilities
  • Avoiding the “Spray and Pray” Approach to Change Management
  • Retaining Employees During Critical Organizational Transitions
  • The Strategic Role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Developing Performance Management Skills in Leaders 
  • Succession Management: Do You Have the Leadership Capability and Talent for the Future?
  • Employee Retention Redux- What Lurks Behind the Economic Recovery?


Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO, Connolly Clarke, was selected as the consulting firm to conduct a joint study between the Association of Internal Management Consultants (AIMC) and the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) entitled The Current and Future HR Profession(al): Responsibilities, Activities, and Competencies.


The study indicated the need for an increasing level of internal consulting skills and competencies for the HR professional as well as the evolving areas of strategic planning, integrated change management, and strategic performance measurement.

Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO - Connolly Clarke, was selected to serve as a Human Capital Metrics subject matter expert and observer for the AICPA Special Committee on Enhanced Business Reporting.  In that role, Tom helped the team build out a point of view on which human resource activities and metrics tie to the greatest organizational impact and would be of most interest to the investor community.


Since then, Tom has conducted a meta-analysis of research studies examining the bottom line impact of HR programs and built out a POV on the key HR programs and metrics deemed to drive organizational performance.  In addition, Tom has assisted organizations in defining HR metrics roles and functions within the overall HR Service Delivery Model.  He has also partnered with clients in defining their Human Capital Balanced Scorecard.


Tom is a recognized expert on human capital metrics and presents to associations, businesses, and other organizations on the topic of defining the ROI of HR programs and establishing HR's role as a strategic partner and metrics-driven function.

Core Consulting Skills Certification Program Design

Collins and O'Rourke. This book is designed as a supplemental text for training and readings in Business Ethics, Business & Society, or any area in which the user wishes to emphasize ethical coverage - focusing on the Marketing discipline.

Assessing Effective Change Management Methodologies

Research Study on the Current and Future HR Professional (AIMC and APQC)

Collins and O'Rourke. This book is designed as a supplemental text for training and readings in Business Ethics, Business & Society, or any area in which the user wishes to emphasize ethical coverage.  The text uses the hypothetical multi-national corporation Big Mess, Inc. to offer a teaching methodology and model for analyzing ethical dilemmas in any business.

Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO - Connolly Clarke, was interviewed in Executive Travel magazine for his points of view on mergers and acquisitions and the effective use of meetings and strategic communication planning to facilitate successful merger integration. 

Connolly Clarke is often brought into organizations to assess and build change management methodologies, functions, and competencies. Topics covered in this white paper include: 

  1. Enterprisewide Application
  2. “User Friendliness”
  3. Ease of Integration
  4. Comprehensiveness
  5. Metrics Driven 
  6. Project Team 
  7. Communication Effectiveness 
  8. Change Tracking
  9. Change Readiness 
  10. Sustainability 


For more information, please contact info@connollyclarke.com

Collins and O'Rourke. This book is designed as a supplemental text for training and readings in Business Ethics, Business & Society, or any area in which the user wishes to emphasize ethical coverage - focusing on the Accounting discipline.

Books (Business Ethics)

Tom O'Rourke, President and CEO, Connolly Clarke, was selected to develop the Competency Model for Effective Internal Consultants and On-Line Internal Consulting Competency Assessment/Benchmarking Tool for the Association of Internal Management Consultants.


Subsequent to developing these tools, as part of the St. Charles Consulting Group, Tom partnered with the AIMC and Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence (FORME) to develop the Core Consulting Skills Certification Program for their members - scheduled for roll out in June of 2017.

HR Metrics and Shareholder Return

Selected Presentations/Workshops