Tesis profesional presentada por Efrén Adrián Moreno Ramírez

Licenciatura en Ingeniería Mecánica. Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica. Escuela de Ingeniería, Universidad de las Américas Puebla.

Jurado Calificador

Presidente: M.C. Cosme Gómez Pineda
Vocal y Director: M.C. Carlos Enrique Jorge Acosta Mejía
Secretario: Dr. Wieslaw Switek Wojcik

Cholula, Puebla, México a 17 de mayo de 2004.


This work is all about two words: distributed innovation; it answers the question: is it possible to work in team projects that aim for making innovative products accepted worldwide and whose members are geographically dispersed?; it gives methods/tools for having an improved performance when organizing and developing internationally distributed projects from the very beginning by suggesting organizational tasks, then to the core part of the project by providing a systematic innovation process plus the knowledge and application of distributed work principles, finally to the outcomes including the educational results as well as the results referring to the products developed.

Distributed innovation is a new field in the traditional engineering ways of working and it offers new perspectives for rising a new generation of engineers prepared to deal with the challenges of globalization/internationalization and qualified professionals that are able to handle the difficulties of people working at distance on a common task. The most important concern is that the next generation of engineers has the elements and the experience to elaborate awesome products in different engineering areas through the work in "virtual tables" of international members and with the richness and advantages of the cultural interchange.

This thesis aims to make contributions (with interesting ideas and a real case) to the emerging area of distributed innovation and to help future engineers to learn from the past experience achieving better results at anytime.

Table of content

Agradecimientos (archivo pdf, 7 kb)

Capítulo 1. Introduction (archivo pdf, 11 kb)

Capítulo 2. Antecedents (archivo pdf, 433 kb)

  • 2.1 The importance of innovation in today´s world
  • 2.2 Introduction to distributed work and related forms of work
  • 2.3 The Dojyo project

Capítulo 3. Theorical framework and literature research (archivo pdf, 855 kb)

  • 3.1 Innovation
  • 3.2 The innovation process
  • 3.3 Distributed work
  • 3.4 Conclusions

Capítulo 4. Proposal of a methodology for internationally distributed product innovation (archivo pdf, 1 mb)

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Initial steps: project preparation
  • 4.3 Building an international team
  • 4.4 The innovation activity
  • 4.5 Organizing a distributed team
  • 4.6 Work in geographically dispersed teams for product innovation: conclusions

Capítulo 5. Development of a case study (the dojyo project) and suggestions (archivo pdf, 1 mb)

  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 A new international engineering project
  • 5.3 Analysis of the first face-to-face meeting
  • 5.4 Analysis of the distance work done by TANE team
  • 5.5 The end of a cycle: the second TANE workshop and results of the Dojyo
  • 5.6 Conclusions

Capítulo 6. Conclusions and recommendations (archivo pdf, 31 kb)

Referencias (archivo pdf, 16 kb)

Apéndice A. German Aerospace Center DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (archivo pdf, 799 kb)

Apéndice B. Design and calculations of the flyguy´s framework (archivo pdf, 725 kb)

Apéndice C. First hand views for forerunning Dojyos (archivo pdf, 9 kb)

Apéndice D. Dojyo-TANE face-to-face meeting schedules (archivo pdf, 798 kb)

Apéndice E. Examples of TANEWS (archivo pdf, 23 kb)

Moreno Ramírez, E. A. 2004. Research on the development of internationally distributed projects for product innovation with applications in the mechanical engineering area. Tesis Licenciatura. Ingeniería Mecánica. Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Escuela de Ingeniería, Universidad de las Américas Puebla. Mayo. Derechos Reservados © 2004.