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The Examination of the Corporate Organisation and Implementation of Industry 4.0 in a High Value German Manufacturing Firm

  • This paper examines the corporate organisational aspects of the implementation of Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 builds on new technologies and appears as a disruptive innovation to manufacturing firms. Although we do have a good understanding of the technical components, the implementation of the management and organisational aspects of Industry 4.0 is under-researched. It is challenging to find qualitative empirical evidence which provides comprehensive insights about real implementation cases. Based on a case study in a German high value manufacturing firm, we explore the corporate organisation and implementation of Industry 4.0. By using the framework of Complex Adaptive System (CAS), we have identified three key factors which facilitate the implementation of Industry 4.0 namely 1.) Organisational structure changes such as the foundation of a central department for digital transformation, 2.) The election of a Chief Digital Officer as a personnel change, and 3.) Corporate opening up towards cooperating with partners as a cultural change. We have furthermore found that Lean Management is an important enabler that ensures readiness for the adoption of Industry 4.0.

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Author:Julian Rueb, Hanna Bahemia
Parent Title (English):26th IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC), 15-17 June 2020, virtual, Cardiff, UK
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of Publication:2020
Release Date:2022/05/20
Tag:Industry 4.0 implementation; Complex Adaptive System; Innovation management
Page Number:9
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Institutes:Institut für Strategische Innovation und Technologiemanagement - IST
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (English):License LogoLizenzbedingungen IEEE