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Ángel Díaz


Ángel Díaz


Operations & Technology

Emeritus Professor, Operations & Technology

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 and a metro system, and consulting contracts in the oil, steel and aluminum industries – that gave Prof Díaz many of his insights into the implementation 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. “One 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 18 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 honour societies Omega Rho, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma

Academic Experience

• IE Business School: Professor 2001 to present; Director of technological masters, 2001 to 2004,; Academic Director of PhD program, 2004 to 2014; Chair of Operations and Technology Management & Quantitative Methods, 2014 to present

• Bordeaux Business School: Full Professor, 1999 to 2001

• IESA Business School: Professor 1998 to 2002, Associated Professor 1995 to 1998, Researcher 1989 to 1995; Member of the Academic Council, Chair of Production Studies and Head of the Centre of Production and Technology, 1995 to 1998

• Visiting Professor: IESA 1999-2002; Bordeaux Business School 2001 to 2009; Universidad de La Laguna, Spain 2002 to 2010; INCAE, Costa Rica 2004 to 2007; University of Texas at San Antonio 2011 to 2013; Jiao Tong University 2012; Shanghai University 2013

Corporate Experience

• Consultant, Industrial Logistics

• Support Manager, Metro de Caracas

• Maintenance Manager, water supply system

Latest Publications

• Diaz, A. & Mendonça, E. (2017). “Locating Operations in High Labour Cost Countries – Evidence from Spain”. Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 10(1): 1-16

• Lorenzo, O., Claes, B., Koryak, O. & Diaz, A. (2017). “Integration through orchestration: the interplay between enterprise systems & inventory management capabilities”. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. 30(4): 555-582

• Diaz, A. & Mendoça, E. (2015). “What can business learn from humanitarian supply chains? The case of the Spanish red cross in Haiti”. Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 8(1)