Andres Ramirez Portilla

Andres Ramirez Portilla




KTH - Stockholm


POLIMI - Milan



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Andres Ramirez is a PhD student at the department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK) in the European doctorate in Industrial Management programme (EDIM). His research interests involve areas of industrial management that support innovation and sustainability in industry and society e.g. open innovation, entrepreneurship, innovation management, project management, but also sustainable development.
He has developed his educational career by studying in several universities in North America and Europe for periods of at least 6 months. These universities include Tec de Monterrey (Mexico City), UBC (Vancouver), LSBF (London), Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), POLIMI (Milan), Umeå University (Umeå) and currently he is located in KTH (Stockholm). These international experiences have given him the opportunity to immerge, understand and compare different education systems and cultures to widen his worldview.
Andres Ramirez holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering with minor in Systems Engineering from Tec de Monterrey University (2005). He completed a certificate in International Business and Strategic Management from the University of British Columbia (2005) and a post-graduate certificate in Management from London School of Business and Finance (2008). He was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study his M.Sc. in Strategic Project Management (2010) graduating with distinction and triple degree. In 2011 he joined INDEK as he was awarded a fellowship for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate allowing him to be one of the first nine PhD candidates of the EDIM programme (1st edition).
Before he joined INDEK, his professional career included working with full-time positions or projects in companies like:

• Reader´s Digest (Logistics and Distribution, 2004 - Project)
• L'Oreal (Logistics, 2005 – Project)
• Nestlé (Sales, 2006 – Full Time)
• General Motors (Supply Chain and Purchasing, 2007 – Full Time)
• Chrysler (Procurement and Purchasing, 2008 & 2010 – Full Time)



Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., and Trianni, A. (2014) "Is Innovation an enabler of Energy Efficiency? An exploratory study of the foundry sector", Energy Procedia (

Cagno, E., Ramirez-Portilla, A. and Trianni, A. (2014) “Linking Energy Efficiency and Innovation Practices: Empirical evidence from the foundry sector”, Energy Policy (forthcoming).

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Brown, T., and Cagno, E. (2015) "Unravelling the integration mechanisms in open innovation projects: the case of inter-organizational networks", Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Ramirez-Portilla, A., "Project manager's characteristics influence in the entrepreneurial process: A project-based entrepreneurship model", DRUID Academy Conference 2013, Aalborg, Denmark, 16 -18 January, 2013.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E., Brown, T., and Trianni, A., "Can Open Innovation practices leverage Industrial Energy Efficiency Performance?", Proceedings of the 6th ISPIM Innovation Symposium – Innovation in the Asian Century, Melbourne (Australia), 8th – 11th December, 2013. ISBN 978-952-265-423-6.

Ramirez, J., Portilla, M. González, M.C., Viveros, B., Ramirez-Portilla, A., and Ramirez, L., "Proposal for a sustainable use of textile waste", International Conference on Research and Innovation 2014 – Multidisciplinary, Guanajuato (Mexico), 10th – 11th April 2014. ISBN 978-607-95635 (in Spanish).

Ramírez-Portilla, A., Jovanovic, M., Viveros-Perez, A., and Ramírez-Angulo, 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 – Multidisciplinary, Guanajuato (Mexico), 10th – 11th April 2014. ISBN 978-607-95635

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E. and Trianni, A. "Can open innovation drive more sustainable SMEs? Evidence from energy-intensive sectors in Italy", Proceedings of the 1st Annual EDIM PhD Conference, Milan (Italy), 11th – 12th June 2014. ISBN 97888-6493-022-0

Ramirez-Portilla, A. "Exploring the adoption of Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: Practices by carmakers and SMEs", Proceedings of the NiTiM (Networks, Information Technology and Innovation Management) summer school, Bergamo (Italy), 25th – 27th June 2014.

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Brown, T. and Cagno, E. "Open Innovation in the Automotive Industry: What can carmakers' annual reports tell us?", Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management - CIO-ICIEOM-IIIE, Malaga (Spain), 23rd – 25th July 2014. ISBN 978-84-617-0923-6

Portilla-Pineda, M., Ramírez-Portilla, A., Ramírez-Angulo, J., González-Cortés, M.C., and Casco-Sosa, Y. "Is the public university forming entrepreneurs? Case: Engineering degrees of UAM-Azcapotzalco", Proceedings of the IV International Conference on Education - UNISAN 2014, Mexico City (Mexico), 19th – 21st September 2014 (in Spanish).

Ramírez Portilla, A, Cagno, E, and Brown, T. "Open Innovation Practices in SMEs: The case of the Mexican supercar VUHL", Proceedings of the IV Symposium CONACyT fellows in Europe, Strasbourg (France), 5-7th November 2014 (in Spanish).

Ramirez-Portilla, A., Cagno, E. and 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, 10 -12 June, 2015.

Portilla, M., Ramirez-Portilla, A., Viveros-Eulogio, B., Ramírez, J., Gónzalez, M.C. “Fostering sustainability-driven innovation in tomorrow's engineers: The case of UAM Azcapotzalco”, 32th International Conference on Case Method Research & Application", WACRA, Odense, Denmark, 28 June - 2 July, 2015 (in Spanish).

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 the Metropolitan Autonomous University Azcapotzalco”, XXII International Conference on Learning, Madrid, Spain, 9-11 July, 2015 (in Spanish),

Viveros-Eulogio, B., Öhrwall Rönnbäck, A., and Ramirez-Portilla, A. “Production innovation in manufacturing firms: The case of Swedish SMEs”, International Conference on Engineering Design - ICED 2015, Milan, Italy, 27-30 July, 2015.

Current research:

• Open innovation in the automotive industry: Barriers and drivers (PhD thesis project)

• Influence of a project management-based view on the entrepreneurial process (related to previous topic)

• Integration mechanisms in Open Innovation Projects within inter-organizational networks: private companies and universities (related to master thesis topic)

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  • Emrah Karakaya - Edition I

    EDIM is a great opportunity to learn from diverse cultures, grow in double academic areas, contribute to each other and be recognized in a large network. It is a unique doctoral program with its multi-disciplinary research topics and quarterly workshops. I love EDIM!
  • Andres Ramirez Portilla – Edition I

    One of the great advantages of this program is the EDIM workshops, where you can develop and enhance your academic and professional networking. The EDIM workshops need to be considered as a best practice by other Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programs
  • Sudipa Sarker – Edition II

    I am glad to be part of this program not only because of the opportunities EDIM has created for me but also for the wonderful people I have come across during this program. I hope that the future days will be as thrilling, inspiring and stimulating as it has been
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