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.
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
Currently supervising MA dissertations.
External Examiner for Hult International Business School, London and San Francisco, and Shanghai
Assassins’ Tales, a novel looking for an agent and a publisher
Short stories: The Wreck Room, The Jazz Café, The Full Moon