Research interests

My academic work focuses in the innovation process: from the conception and design of new products to their industrialization and logistics management.

I currently coordinate the business section of REDE (www.rede.uvigo.es); a multidisciplinary research group with interests in innovation, energy and the environment. My task is to lead a research agenda for the next five years under the title “From lean process improvement to green-lean innovation: how organization and ITs can lead to a competitive and sustainable extended enterprise”.

Selected inputs

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. “Carbon productivity, dematerialization and demand volatility: an evolutionary analysis of technologies and capabilities in adaptive industrial systems”, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, 2017-2020. \\ “Efficiency and sustainability in the innovation process of industrial firms”, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Competitiveness, 2014-2016. \\ “Technological change and contractual/organizational innovation: determinants, strategy and sustainability”, Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2008-2011. \\ “Optimization of work and organization on board”, European Social Fund-Equal, 2005-2007.

Selected outputs

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, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Long Range Planning, Management and Organization Review, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Supply Chain Management  International Journal, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.