European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM)


The present conceptual, industrial paradigm is more than 100 years old. A deeply embedded, implicit model of "industrial operations" as a mass-producing, raw material based, transformation process, engaging cadres of low skilled, or vocationally trained, blue-collar workers, impregnates our conceptions and understanding of "industry". This conceptual model is manifested in textbooks, accounting principles, union organizations, and popular managerial models, but also in concepts like "value chain" (Porter 1985) or "industrial relations".

Furthermore, traditional project-based organisations, such as those competing in the market of large engineering projects, are rapidly moving towards system standardisation, modularisation and factory-built concepts, whereas consolidated manufacturing industries, such as automotive or mechanical equipments, are trying to incorporate project management concepts in their operations paradigms in order to be more responsive to the external context. Thus, the traditional conceptions and categories are obsolete.

Consequently, from an academic perspective there is a need to understand global operations in the changing contexts of technology, business, and institutional structures. From an industry perspective there is a need to provide industry leaders with a profound understanding in the process of managing industrial and technological changes; and - overall - there is a strong need for new conceptual models of the nature of industry and industrial management. Not just to assure the alignment of industrial capabilities to corporate strategy, but to profoundly rethink and develop new and traditional industrial capabilities to obtain strategic advantage.

This doctoral program looks to develop a high quality research related to any Industrial Management topic, including but not restricted to:

  • Lean Management
  • Industrial Sustainability
  • Advanced information analysis
  • Future manufacturing and management
  • Advanced Finance strategies
  • Project and Megaproject Management

The program places high priority on offering a premier PhD program that prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at leading educational institutions and for industrial careers where advanced research and analytical capabilities are required.

As a regular basis, the program aims to enforce coordinated co-supervision between the UPM and different European partners. As an example from the already achieved PhDs inside the program, those partners have been Polimi in Italy and KTH in Sweden. This partnership can be extended according to the specific interests.

Even though the last aspect is not a requirement, it is very relevant, as it will benefit all the stakeholders. Therefore, active attention will be paid for supporting the policy.

More specific information in EDIM E.U.


Advisoring Board

The provided list here mainly refers to UPM professors that have been involved and that are able to serve as advisors. Foreigner professors will be defined in accordance, depending on the specific topic and convenient expertise.

  • Felipe Ruiz, Full Professor. UPM
  • Antonio Hidalgo, Full Professor. UPM
  • Joaquín Ordieres, Full Professor. UPM
  • Camino González, Associate Professor (tenured), UPM
  • Mercedes Grijalvo, Associate Professor (non-tenured), UPM
  • Ruth Carrasco, Associate Professor (non-tenured), UPM
  • Miguel Ortega, Associate Professor (non-tenured), UPM
  • Gustavo Morales, Assistant Professor, UPM
  • José María Fernández-Crehuet, Assistant Professor, UPM
  • Victor Gómez, Assistant Professor, UPM
  • Teresa Sánchez, Assistant Professor, UPM
  • Ángel Hernández, Assistant Professor, UPM
Perfil de profesorado

International Relationship

This program has been conceived as an international one because of the students, because of the advisors or because of both.

International Agreements

The former structure of this program has had the support from the UE to the consortium built up by KTH, Polimi and the UPM. Nowadays we still look to maintain the double degree approach but alternative partners can be considered depending on the specific thesis case.

However, double degree agreement will always be considered as a relevant program value to be maintained.


Professors participating in this program have active connections with relevant international organizations:

  • MIT Sloan Advisory Board
  • AIM European Academy of Management

European Doctorate in Industrial Management Mobility schemas

Accordingly, because of the program design extended mobility actions (one academic year) need to be considered by candidates for their own schedule. The mobility schema will be agreed on every PhD specific basis. However, the second year of the PhD will considered as the convenient for the host stage.

Invited scholars

All the foreigner professors will be considered as Invited professors and they are regularly invited to visit the UPM because of international master thesis by leading about hot topic conferences.


Admision Criteria

Defined criteria are:

  1. Individual CV exhibiting research experience when available (25%).
  2. Granted income, making it possible to develop the PhD in due time, including the mobility schema. (55%)
  3. Motivation letter, which shall include a formal research proposal, according to a) above and the agreement from a program's professor. (10%)
  4. On-line interview for the preselected cohort of candidates (10%)

The enabled approach for processing the candidates is as follows:

  1. to process a), b) and c)
  2. For the valid candidates option d) will be considered, especially when the number of candidates exceed the available seats
  3. After making the proposal for new candidates, the list including reserve candidates will be communicated to the Doctorate Board at the UPM.
  4. For the accepted students, the enforced UPM rules, including the annual review, will be fully respected. In addition, the individual agreement for the double degree shall be enforced as well.

Important Dates


Research Lines

Program Manager: Antonio Hidalgo and Joaquín Ordieres (Steering committee)

Secretary: Gustavo Morales

EDIM will be a collective research endeavor, where one project within the program can gain leverage from the results and experiences of another project. Hence, the projects will have the potential to make a stronger academic contribution than if they were executed as solitarians. In the long run, this coordinated portfolio of projects has the potential to make a scientific difference and push our knowledge on global industrial operations beyond existing paradigms. A draft of the thematic areas covered is shown in the next picture:

Furthermore, the program emphasizes interactive and collaborative management research (Passmore, et al 2007) where research projects are initiated in collaboration between academia and industry, findings are successively reported and discussed during execution, and new projects are issued based on the experiences and outcomes of earlier projects. All this without corrupting the academic independence and freedom of thought. The ambition is that high quality research work should result in effective, actionable knowledge.

Quality and Employability

Sistema de Garantía Interna de Calidad

La Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid ha establecido un Sistema de Garantía Interna de Calidad (SGIC) para propiciar la mejora continua en las titulaciones que se imparten en el Centro, permitiendo un nivel de calidad que facilite su acreditación y el mantenimiento de la misma.

El SGIC está diseñado siguiendo el modelo AUDIT de la Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad (ANECA). En la actualidad se están incorporando progresivamente los procedimientos específicos de Doctorado.

Los documentos relativos al SGIC de la ETSII se pueden consultar en la página web de la ETSII-UPM

Documentos e Informes

Informes de Satisfacción
Informes de Inserción Laboral y Satisfacción Titulados Doctores
Informes de Evaluación Externa