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The very hands-on attitude towards business and industry is what distinguishes the philosophy of Angel Díaz Matalobos, whether that’s applied to his teaching, writing or research. “I believe that in the business we have to be practical,” he says. “You need a conceptual framework, but this framework has to work in the real world.”

It was his time spent working in industry and the private sector - including experience as a maintenance manager for a water supply system, consulting contracts in the oil, steel and aluminium industries as well as a stint with the Venezuelan metro system - that gave Prof Díaz many of his insights into the implementation of not only  of Operations Management and Logistics but also of Information Technology.

“What’s really interesting is to realise that every implementation has two sides,” he says. “On is technical and involves processes, and the other is organisational. And you shouldn’t take these apart - you need an integrated view of the organisation.”

And his views on operations management, logistics and  information technology systems,  have been aired in more than 40 publications - among them the  International Journal of Logistics and the European Journal of Operations Research - as well as in his three books. But if Prof Díaz is a prolific writer, he also has extensive teaching experience, having taught in at least 13 countries.


Academic Background

  • PhD in Business Administration, University of Maryland, USA
  • MSc in Management Science, Cranfield University, UK
  • BSc in Engineering, Simón Bolívar University, Caracas
  • Fulbright scholar
  • Mariscal de Ayacucho scholar
  • Outstanding doctoral student and outstanding doctoral graduate, UMD
  • Member of the honor societies Omega Rho, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma


Academic Experience

  • Director of the technological masters, 2001 to 2004, and PhD programme, 2004 to present, Instituto de Empresa
  • Member of the Academic Council, Chair of Production Studies and Head of the Centre of Production and Technology, IESA, 1995 to 1998
  • Guest Professor at Bordeaux Business School, 2001 to present; Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, 2002 to present; and INCAE, Costa Rica, 2004 to present.
  • Full Professor IESA, Venezuela, 1998 to 2002; Associated Professor, 1995 to 1998; Researcher 1989 to 1995.


Corporate Experience

  • Consultant, Industrial Logistics, 1987  to 1989
  • Support Manager, Metro de Caracas, 1979 to 1987
  • Maintenance Manager, water supply system of Caracas, 1977 to 1978

Latest publications

  • Supply chain orchestration for the luxury alcoholic beverage sector

    Díaz, A., Dollet, J. The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 7(3): 42-65, 2011
  • Teaching Operations Management Using Alternative Delivery Means

    Díaz, A., Lorenzo, O., Fernández, M. International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Managment, Vol. 17(4): 301-311, 2011
  • Improving logistics and supply chain management practices in Spain, an analysis of current practices and future requirements

    Díaz, A., Solis, L., Claes, B. International Journal Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 9(2): 150-169, 2011