Andres Ramirez Portilla

Andres Ramirez Portilla




KTH - Stockholm


POLIMI - Milan




Andrés obtained his Bachelor degree with a major in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Systems Engineering from the Tec de Monterrey (Campus CEM) in 2005. Since then he has developed his professional career in parallel between the industry and academia. His experience in industry includes his participation in logistics and distribution projects at Reader's Digest (2004) and L'Oréal (2005), as well as strategic positions in the Sales area at Nestlé (2006), and in the Purchasing and Procurement area in General Motors (2007), Chrysler (2008) and Fiat-Chrysler (2011). His academic background includes graduate certificates in Business and Administration at the University of British Columbia (2005) and the London School of Business and Finance (2008), a triple joint master's degree in Strategic Project Management at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and Umeå University in Sweden (2008-2010). He also obtained a Master's degree in Management of Energy and Renewable Resources from the Tec de Monterrey (2016).

He obtained two doctoral degrees, one in Industrial Management from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and another one in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy (2016). He has co-supervised more than 22 undergraduate degree projects, 7 undergrad dissertations, 23 master's theses, and 1 doctoral thesis. He has presented and published more than 30 articles in international conferences and scientific journals. He is a member of the Scientific Panel of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), the most active, oldest and largest innovation professionals association in Europe. He is an active member of Mexico´s System of National Researchers - SNI (Level 1). He is currently an Associate Professor and head of research at the Department of Business Studies of the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México.


Lemus-Aguilar, I., Morales-Alonso, G., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Hidalgo, A. (2019) “Sustainable Business Models through the Lens of Organizational Design: A Systematic Literature Review”, Sustainability, Vol. 11, No. 19, Pp. 5379.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Brown, T., (2017) “Open Innovation in Specialized SMEs: The case of supercars”, Business Process Management Journal, special issue on “Implementing Open Innovation”. Vol. 23, Issue 6, Pp. 1167 – 1195.

Portilla, M., Ramírez-Portilla, A., Viveros-Eulogio, B., Ramírez, J., González, M. C. (2016) “Sustainable development and innovation as a formative process for engineering”, Revista CoPEI -Consultoría de Prácticas Educativas Innovadoras, Vol. 3, Issue 4. Pp. 113 – 119 (In Spanish)

Ramírez-Portilla, A., Viveros-Eulogio, B, Portilla, M., González, M.C., Ramírez, J. (2016) “Fostering sustainability-driven innovation in tomorrow's engineers: The case of UAM Azcapotzalco”, International Journal of Case Method Research & Application, Vol. XXVIII, Issue 1. Pp. 22 – 29 (In Spanish).

Ramirez-Portilla, A. (2015) “Which one goes well with? Exploring the link between theoretical perspectives and research contexts in Open Innovation research”, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 213, Pp. 1034 – 1039.

Cagno, E., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Trianni, A. (2015) “Linking Energy Efficiency and Innovation Practices: Empirical evidence from the foundry sector”, Energy Policy, Vol. 83, Pp. 240 – 256.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Brown, T., Cagno, E. (2014) “Unravelling the integration mechanisms in open innovation projects: the case of inter-organizational networks”, Journal of Global Strategic Management, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Pp. 82 – 95.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Trianni, A. (2014) “Is Innovation an enabler of Energy Efficiency? An exploratory study of the foundry sector”, Energy Procedia, Vol. 61, Pp. 1191 – 1195.

Gonzalez, M. C., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Portilla, M., Ramirez, J. (2012) “Applying the case method and community-based learning final project in a chemical engineering course at a public university in Mexico”, International Journal of Case Method Research & Application, Vol. XXIV, Issue 3. Pp. 187 – 192.


Ramirez-Portilla, A., Shiner, C. Portilla-Pineda, M., González-Cortés, M.C., Ramírez-Angulo, J. “Encouraging innovation and social entrepreneurship in students: The case of innovation bootcamps”, 36th International Conference on Case Method Research & Application – WACRA, Helsinki (Finland), July 2019. (In Spanish)

Portilla-Pineda, M., González-Cortés, M. C., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Ramírez-Angulo, J., Loreto-Gómez, C. E. “Biomarkers, an opportunity to teach sustainable development”, 36th International Conference on Case Method Research & Application – WACRA, Helsinki (Finland), July 2019. (In Spanish)

Viveros-Eulogio, B. A., Öhrwall-Rönnbäck, A., Ferruzca-Navarro, M., Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Product-Service Systems: A Review towards Strategic Design and Innovation", the XXX ISPIM Innovation Conference 2019, Florence (Italy), June 2019.

Portilla-Pineda, M., González-Cortés, M.C., Ramírez-Angulo, J., Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Project analysis as a tool to identify Sustainable Development in engineering careers: A case study”, 11th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education - PAEE, Hammamet (Tunisia), June 2019. (In Spanish)

González-Cortés, M.C., Portilla-Pineda, M., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Ramírez-Angulo, J. “Didactic strategies supported by tics to improve academic performance in chemistry courses”, 8th International Congress on Education and Learning – GKA EDU 2019, Porto (Portugal), June 2019. (In Spanish).

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Shiner, C., Viveros, J. A. Portilla, M. “Innovation Bootcamps, a successful extracurricular activity to promote social entrepreneurship in students“, Regional Forum of the ANFECA Academy, Mexico City (Mexico), February 2019. (In Spanish)

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Shiner, Ortiz-Loyola, E. “Evaluating the creation of value and social impact: The case of Ibero Innovation Bootcamp”, XVIII Research Congress on the Third Sector, Mexico City (Mexico), September 2018. (In Spanish)

Morales-Alonso, G., Lemus-Aguilar, I., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Hidalgo, A. “A Systematic Literature Review on Organizational Design for Sustainable Business Models”, 7th GIKA (Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy) Conference, Lisbon (Portugal), June 2017.

Ramirez-Portilla, A. and Widmer, T. B. “Business Models configurations for Product-Service Systems in the Circular Economy”, 2nd International Forum Innovation Match MX 2016-2017, Mexico City (Mexico), June 2017.

Widmer, T. B., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Tjahjono, B., Bourlakis, M. “Defining Product-Service System – A business model approach”, The Spring Servitization Conference 2017 in Lucerne (Switzerland), May 2017.

Ramírez-Portilla, A. and Lindquist, H. “Interactive knowledge transfer as a tool to drive energy efficiency initiatives: Case from Sweden and Mexico”, 1st International Conference in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer for sustainable development, Morelia (Mexico), December 2016. (In Spanish)

Viveros-Eulogio, B. A., Öhrwall-Rönnbäck, A., Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Exploring Design Thinking for production-based services design in manufacturing firms: The case of Swedish automation SMEs “, 7th Swedish Production Symposium, Lund (Sweden), October 2016.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Brown, T., “The influence of Open Innovation practices on the performance of manufacturing SMEs”, 1st International Forum Innovation Match MX, Guadalajara (Mexico), April 2016. (In Spanish)

Ramirez, J., Portilla, M., González, M.C., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Viveros, B., “Sustainable development in the curricula of engineering degrees at UAM – Azcapotzalco”, International Conference on Research and Innovation 2016, Guanajuato (Mexico), April 2016. (In Spanish)

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Manzini, R., Lazzarotti, V., Cagno, E., “The role of internal context characteristics on the adoption of Open Innovation: Evidence from manufacturing firms”, 12th International Conference on Industrial Engineering – ICIE, Tehran (Iran), January 2016.

Portilla-Pineda, M., Ramírez-Portilla, A., Viveros-Eulogio, B., Ramírez-Angulo, J., González-Cortés, M.C., “Sustainable Development and Innovation as a learning process for engineering”, International Conference on Human Sciences, Mexicali (Mexico), November 2015. (In Spanish)

Ramirez-Portilla A., Cagno E., Brown T., “Open Innovation practices and firm performance: The case of supercars manufacturers as an exemplar of open specialized SMEs”, 3rd Scandinavian Conference Industrial Engineering and Management - ScAIEM, Copenhagen (Denmark), November 2015.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Öhrwall-Rönnbäck, A., Cagno E., “Determinants of the adoption of open innovation models: Evidence from Swedish manufacturing firms”, 1st Open Innovation and Collaboration (OIC) Conference, Osaka (Japan), September 2015.

Ramirez-Portilla A., Cagno E., Brown T., Zanatta-Alarcon A., “3D Printing: Intellectual Property Challenges in a New Industrial Revolution”, 16th International CINet Conference, Stockholm (Sweden), September 2015.

Ramirez-Portilla A., Cagno E., Brown T., “Open Innovation Practices in Manufacturing SMEs: The Case of Supercars”, 16th International CINet Conference, Stockholm (Sweden), September 2015.

Portilla, M., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Viveros-Eulogio, B., Ramírez, J., Gónzalez, M.C. “Project-based learning (PBL) applied to the introduction to sustainable development: Engineering degrees from UAM Azcapotzalco”, XXII International Conference on Learning, Madrid (Spain), July 2015. (In Spanish)

Viveros-Eulogio, B., Öhrwall-Rönnbäck, A., Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Production innovation in manufacturing firms: The case of Swedish SMEs”, The 20th International Conference on Engineering Design ICED 2015, Milan (Italy), July 2015.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Zanatta-Alarcón, A. “The era of Open Food? Exploring the influence of collaborative and open innovation in the food industry”, 2nd Annual EDIM PhD Conference, Milan (Italy), June 2015.

Ramírez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Brown, T. “Open Innovation Practices in SMEs: The case of the Mexican supercar VUHL”, IV Symposium CONACyT Europe, Strasbourg (France), November 2014. (In Spanish)

Portilla-Pineda, M., Ramírez-Portilla, A., Ramírez-Angulo, J., González-Cortés, M.C., Casco-Sosa, Y. “Is the public university forming entrepreneurs? Case: Engineering degrees of UAM-Azcapotzalco”, IV International Conference on Education UNISAN 2014, Mexico City (Mexico), September 2014. (In Spanish)

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Brown, T., Cagno, E. “Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: What can carmakers' annual reports tell us?”, 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management - CIO-ICIEOM-IIIE, Malaga (Spain), July 2014.

Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Exploring the adoption of Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: Practices by carmakers and SMEs”, NiTiM summer school, Bergamo (Italy), June 2014.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Trianni, A. “Can open innovation drive more sustainable SMEs? Evidence from energy-intensive sectors in Italy”, 1st Annual EDIM PhD Conference, Milan (Italy), June 2014.

Ramírez-Portilla, A., Jovanovic, M., Viveros, A., Ramírez, J. “Exploring the creation of disruptive innovations by student start-ups through an open innovation perspective: The case of Stu:Drive”, International Conference on Research and Innovation 2014, Guanajuato (Mexico), April 2014.

Ramirez, J., Portilla, M. González, M.C., Viveros, B., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Ramirez, L. “Proposal for a sustainable use of textile waste”, International Conference on Research and Innovation 2014, Guanajuato (Mexico), April 2014. (In Spanish)

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Brown, T., Trianni, A. “Can Open Innovation practices leverage Industrial Energy Efficiency Performance?”, 6th ISPIM Symposium, Melbourne (Australia), December 2013.

Viveros-Eulogio, B., Ramirez-Angulo, J., Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Eco-design applied to home products”, 30th International Conference on Case Method Research & Application – WACRA, Berlin (Germany), July 2013. (In Spanish)

Darmani, A., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Dwaikat, N. “20 years of scholarly research: Content and trend analysis of the journal Creativity and Innovation Management”, 22nd International Conference on Management of Technology – IAMOT, Porto Alegre (Brazil), April 2013.

Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Project manager’s characteristics influence in the entrepreneurial process: A project-based entrepreneurship model”, DRUID Academy, Aalborg (Denmark), January 2013.

Current research:

• Strategic Design tools and methodologies for collaborative innovation;
• Corporate Social Responsability in Latin America;
• Open Innovation and Collaboration Models for SMEs.

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