My research agenda focuses on the efficiency of organizational and technological innovation, with an increasing emphasis on CO2 concerns: from product conception and design, to industrialization and logistics management. This agenda has allowed me to address several business challenges as well as public policy issues.
European PhD (2002). Thesis: Labor transactions and governance structures on the shop floor: A neo-institutional approach to the Spanish food and electronics industries. Committee: Benito Arruñada, Vicente Salas, Emilio Huerta, Claude Menard and Damian Grimshaw.
Research projects. «Climate change, circularity and competitive advantage: how corporate strategic choices interact with institutions in business responses to sustainability challenges», Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, 2020-2023. \\ «SHERPA DO MAR: Euroregional platform to promote competitiveness in the marine-maritime field through the promotion of technology-based companies.», European Commission, 2019-2021. \\ «Carbon productivity, dematerialization and demand volatility: an evolutionary analysis of technologies and capabilities in adaptive industrial systems», Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, 2017-2020. \\ «CÓDIGO MÁIS: New Regional Innovation Health-Ecosystem for strengthening R&D, boosting competitiveness of SMEs and enhancing Public Administration Efficiency in Health Sector», European Commission, 2017-2019. \\ «Efficiency and sustainability in the innovation process of industrial firms», Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, 2014-2016. «Technological change and contractual/organizational innovation: determinants, strategy and sustainability», Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, 2008-2012. \\ «Optimization of work and organization on board», European Social Fund-Equal, 2005-2007.
Within the research agenda described above, I have addressed the synergies between basic research and product innovation, the development of control systems on the shop floor to enhance the efficiency of industrial processes, the influence of dishonest behavior by managers and workers in the implementation of operational excellence, or the development of new operations models that allow firms to balance production costs with the need to guarantee agile and environmentally friendly responses.
My main papers on these topics have been published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Computers and Operations Research, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Journal of Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Management and Organization Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Supply Chain Management International Journal, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.