Thesis defense of Rafael Lizarralde Dorronsoro


Thesis defense of Rafael Lizarralde Dorronsoro


Thesis defense of Rafael Lizarralde Dorronsoro

Title of the thesis: "Modelo de evaluación y selección de nuevas tecnologías en un centro tecnológico de manufacturing". Obtained the SOBRESALIENTE CUM LAUDE qualification.



  • Title of the thesis: "Modelo de evaluación y selección de nuevas tecnologías en un centro tecnológico de manufacturing"
  • Court:
    • President: Antonio Hidalgo Nuchera (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
    • Vocal: Unai Elorza Iñurritegui (Mondragon Unibertsitatea)
    • Vocal: Jesús Cuadrado Rojo (UPV/EHU)
    • Vocal: Eduardo Roji Chandro (UPV/EHU)
    • Secretary: Juan Ignacio Igartua López (Mondragon Unibertsitatea)


In today's industrial and social environment, the relevance of technology and R+D+i activities is considered key for the competitiveness and sustainability of companies, both in the developed economies and in developing economies. In the Manufacturing sector, particularly in Europe, this commitment towards an innovation based on research and technological differentiation has no doubts at any stage, from public administrations to industrial companies.

In this scenario, the decision on the technological bets to be carried out is of crucial importance in the management of any entity whose activity is linked to technology. Public institutions in their support programs and their investments in infrastructure, academic entities, research and transfer entities, companies and support and promotion entities, all observe with special attention the technological trends and pay particular attention to their technology bets.

In the case of technological centers, their central position in the technology development chain, which involves them in research, development and transfer and exploitation activities, in recent years a special effort is being made to optimize scientific and technological excellence and, in particular, in achieving results that, transferred to the industry, materialize in an economic and social benefit. Therefore, the correct selection of technological bets is particularly critical, to minimize a dispersion in efforts and to increase the efficiency of the activity in its service to the industry and the society.

This research project proposes the development of a model to assist a technological center in its process of evaluating and selecting the technologies to be adopted and developed by the center. It proposes a model that can be integrated into its strategic reflection processes and moreover, by its agility of use, in specific processes of evaluation of one or more technologies of potential interest.

The developed model incorporates a comprehensive vision of the scenario of action of a technological center, supporting the analysis of a technology in the characteristics of the technology itself, as well as in the adaptation to the characteristics of the center and also the vision of the potential customers of the center and the market, destination and final objective of the strategic and technological commitment of a center.

Research has focused on the Manufacturing sector, because of the relevance of the sector in the development of the European economy and, in particular, the Basque economy. In addition, the Manufacturing sector, because of its technological maturity, requires a special effort in the identification and selection of new technological bets as it also suffers from significant competition from developing countries, increasingly technologically trained.

The Manufacturing scenario in which research has been focused does not affect its basic approach and the concept of the model but provides particular factors of the sector. The model has been tested on technologies in the sector, in its application to two case studies on manufacturing technologies.

The overall vision of the scenario of action and the agility of configuration and usability of the model have been two aspects that have been considered fundamental in its development. Achieving these objectives allows to visualize the applicability of the model in other environments, such as university research entities, companies with departments, R&D centers or units and even official bodies in the analysis of their R+D+i ecosystems.