Dr Michael Talalay

Senior Lecturer

Professional Biography

Michael Talalay has a successful background in both the academic and the commercial worlds. He has served on the faculties of Canadian, American, British and Swiss universities where he has taught, researched and written on international business and on the global political economy, with particular interests in technology and innovation, supply chain and operations management, and resource conflicts.

Dr Talalay has also worked with many leading global corporations and with small and medium-sized enterprises in both senior management and consultancy roles. As a manager, he has run systems houses, in charge of both sales and marketing as well as of pre- and post-sales customer support. As a consultant, he works at the interface between technology and business, specializing in change and project management and in the design, selection and implementation of complex, commercial IT systems. His clients come from the manufacturing, logistics, ship management, and education sectors.


  • SB in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969
  • MA in Political Science, York University, Toronto, 1971
  • PhD in Political Science, University College London, 1979

Relevant Past Employment

From 1979 to 2009, Michael Talalay worked full-time as a director, a senior line manager, a project and programme manager, and an independent consultant. Companies worked for include BTR plc, Butler Group, TATA Consultancy Services, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Wang.

Clients include Graig Shipping plc (ship management and ship building), Study Group Limited (private education company in the UK, the USA and Australia), the NHS, the Swire Group, J Mann & Sons (agricultural machinery), British Tissues Limited (paper products), Dunlop, VacuBlast (vacuum blasting equipment manufacturer), Acomarit/V.Ships (world’s largest ship management company), Tilcon (quarrying and aggregates subsidiary of Minorco), Distillers Food Group, Cow Proofings (printers’ blankets and adhesives), and Palmer Aero Products (aircraft components manufacturer).

1971 – 1973, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto

1993 – 1996, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics, Nottingham Trent University



  • Talalay, Michael, Chris Farrands and Roger Tooze, editors (1997) Technology, Culture and Competitiveness: Change and the World Political Economy, London and New York: Routledge


  • Talalay, Michael (2013) ‘Technology and Globalization: Assessing Patterns of Interaction’, in Globalization and its Critics, Randall Germain, editor, London: Macmillan

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Talalay, Michael (1996) ‘The coming energy revolution and the transformation of the international political economy: fuel cell technology, public policy and global power shifts’, Competition and Change, 1, 4, October 1996

Other Publications 

  • Talalay, Michael (2014) Book review of Commercial Diplomacy and International Business, Huub Ruel, editor (Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2012), in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 9, 2014
  • Talalay, Michael (2008) “The Hidden Risks of Underperforming IT Systems”, Conspectus, November 2008, special issue on IT Infrastructure, Security & Business Continuity
  • Talalay, Michael (2001) ‘eProcurement in Retail Financial Services’, Insurance Trends: Quarterly Statistics and Research Review, London: ABI

Research Supervision

Currently supervising MA dissertations.

Research Interests

  • Technology and innovation
  • Modern history and politics, with a particular interest in migration in Europe from 1900 to 1940

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow Chartered Management Institute

Teaching & Course Development

  • Developed and taught postgraduate and undergraduate courses in International Business, in Operations and Supply Chain Management, in Technology and Innovation, and in the Geopolitics of Energy.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Kalaidos University Zurich - Developed and taught EMBA courses in the International Business Environment.

Other Outputs

Assassins’ Tales, a novel looking for an agent and a publisher

Short stories: The Wreck Room, The Jazz Café, The Full Moon

Teaching & Course Development

  • Developed and taught postgraduate and undergraduate courses in international business, operations and supply chain management, technology and innovation, and the geopolitics of energy.
  • Visiting Lecturer, Kalaidos University Zurich. Developed and taught EMBA courses in the international business environment.


External Examiner for Hult International Business School, London and San Francisco, and Shanghai.