Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. habil. Javier Villalba-Diez

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. habil. Javier Villalba-Diez

Büroadresse: S.3.47 Bildungscampus
Postadresse: Max-Planck-Str. 39, 74081 Heilbronn
Sprechzeiten: Nach Vereinbarung

Activities in academic self-administration

In the summer semester of 2019, the cooperative doctoral procedure with the Technical University of Madrid in Spain will start. Interested candidates can contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Javier Villalba-Diez directly. The main topics are

  • Artificial Intelligence (focus on Deep Learning Applications),
  • Business intelligence,
  • Operations Research,
  • Statistics and operational information systems.
  • Establishment of approaches of artificial intelligence and machine learning in business applications.

Starting in Wintersemester 2020, students from Hochschule Heilbronn can benefit from an Erasmus exchange student program with Universiad Politécnica de Madrid

Short CV

Javier Villalba-Diez, PhD. has the mission of empowering individuals and organizations achieve their strategic goals while increasing trust.

Dr. Villalba-Diez is a Mechanical Engineer with Technische Universität München, Germany and Industrial Engineer with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (2003). He received his PhD in Engineering, Economics and Organizational Innovation with focus on Strategic Organizational Design from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2016. His PhD was awarded with the prize for best doctoral thesis by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

He has a background of more than 17 years as lean consultant and production manager in a number of positions related to manufacturing operations in German, American and Japanese manufacturing facilities.

His research and work has brought him to numerous companies and hundreds of factories, where he collaborates with people to test ideas and share lessons learned.

He splits his time between Germany, USA, Japan, and Spain.

Research Interests and Reviewer Activities

Javier Villalba-Diez (PhD) currently does research in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Hoshin Kanri, Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Business Analytics.

Villalba-Diez is Guest Editor at MDPI Journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-822) with Impact Factor 3031 (2018).

He is usual reviewer of Journal Sustainability ((ISSN 2071-1050), Journal of Industrial Management & Data Systems (ISSN: 0263-5577), Journal of Manufacturing Systems (ISSN: 0278-6125), Journal Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994), among other journals.



  • Villalba-Diez, J. (2017a) The HOSHIN KANRI FOREST. Lean Strategic Organizational Design. 1st ed. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group LLC.
  • Villalba-Diez, J. (2017b) The Lean Brain Theory. Complex Networked Lean Strategic Organizational Design. CRC Press. Taylor and Francis Group LLC.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Villalba-Diez, J. and Ordieres-Meré, J. (2015) Improving manufacturing operational performance by standardizing process management. Transactions on Engineering Management 62(3): 351–360.
  • Villalba-Díez, J. and Ordieres.Meré, J. (2016) Improving the Management of Projects through Hoshin Kanri. Direccion y Organitzación 60: 40–46.
  • Villalba-Diez, J. and Ordieres-Meré, J. (2016) Strategic Lean Organizational Design: Towards Lean World-Small World Configurations through Discrete Dynamic Organizational Motifs. Mathematical Problems in Engineering 2016: 1–10.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Molina, M., Rossner, M., & Lay, M. (2018). LEAN DENDROCHRONOLOGY: COMPLEXITY REDUCTION BY REPRESENTATION OF KPI DYNAMICS LOOKING AT STRATEGIC ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN. Management and Production Engineering Review, 9(4), 3–9.
  • Sun, S., Zheng, X., Villalba-Diez, J., & Ordieres-Meré, J. (2019). Indoor Air-Quality Data-Monitoring System: Long-Term Monitoring Benefits. Sensors, 19(19).
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Schmidt, D., Gevers, R., Ordieres-Meré, J., Buchwitz, M., & Wellbrock, W. (2019). Deep Learning for Industrial Computer Vision Quality Control in the Printing Industry 4.0. Sensors, 19(18).
  • Wellbrock, W., Ludin, D., & Villalba-Diez, J. (2019). Potentials and Success Factors of Early Supplier Integration into Own Product Development. International Journal of Business and Economic Affairs, 4(1), 1–11.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Zheng, X., Schmidt, D., & Molina, M. (2019). Characterization of Industry 4.0 Lean Management Problem-Solving Behavioral Patterns Using EEG Sensors and Deep Learning. Sensors, 19(13).
  • Ordieres-Meré, J., Villalba-Díez, J., & Zheng, X. (2019). Challenges and Opportunities for Publishing IIoT Data in Manufacturing as a Service Business. Procedia Manufacturing, 39, 185–193.
  • Villalba-Díez, J., Molina, M., Ordieres-Meré, J., Sun, S., Schmidt, D., & Wellbrock, W. (2020). Geometric Deep Lean Learning: Deep Learning in Industry 4.0 Cyber–Physical Complex Networks. Sensors, 20(3).

Peer Reviewed International Conferences

  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Alba-Elías, F., et al. (July 6th-8th) PMO standardization through Hoshin Kanri Improving the Management of Projects by Process Management. In: 9th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management XXI International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management International IIE Conference 2015, Aveiro, Portugal, July 6th-8th.
  • Jiménez, P., Villalba-Díez, J. and Ordieres.Meré, J. (2016) HOSHIN KANRI Visualization with Neo4j. Empowering Leaders to Operationalize Lean Structural Networks. In: PROCEDIA CIRP, Greece, 2016, pp. 284–289. Elsevier.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J., Chudzick, H., et al. (2015) NEMAWASHI: Attaining Value Stream alignment within Complex Organizational Networks. In: Procedia CIRP, Cranfield, UK, 2015, pp. 134–139. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2015.08.021.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. and Nuber, G. (2015) The HOSHIN KANRI TREE. Cross-Plant Lean Shopfloor Management. In: Procedia CIRP, Bochum, Germany, 22 June 2015, pp. 150–155. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.120.
  • Villalba-Díez, J., Ordieres-Meré J and Rubio-Valdehita, S. (2016) The Lean Brain Theory. Brain-like Lean Manufyctuing Systems. In: Procedia CIRP, Stuttgart, 2016, pp. 140–145. Elsevier.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., Ordieres-Meré, J. and Rubio-Valdehita, S. (2016) Lean Learning Patterns. (CPD)nA vs. KATA. Procedia CIRP 54: 147–151.
  • Villalba-Diez, J., DeSanctis, I., Ordieres-Meré J, et al. (2017) Lean Structural Network Resilience. In: Cherifi, C., Cherifi, H., Karsai, M., et al. (eds) Complex Networks & Its Applications VI: Proceedings of Complex Networks 2017 (The Sixth International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications). Studies in Computational Intelligence 689. Lyon, France: Springer International Publishing, pp. 609–619.

Technical Reports

Villalba-Diez, J. (2014) Hoshin Kanri . Principle Centered Leadership. 01, Monograph (Technical Report), 14 July. Madrid, Spain: Escuela Técnica Superior Ingenieros Industriales. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Available at:

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