Industry 4.0 Holds a Great Potential for Manufacturers, So Why haven’t They Started? A Multiple Case Study of Small and Medium Sized Danish Manufacturers

Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Mats Magnusson, Astrid Heidemann Lassen

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Abstract

Despite the potential of Industry 4.0 and the increasing interest from the manufacturing industry, the adoption of Industry 4.0 is still lacking behind in SMEs in the manufacturing industry. In this paper, we explore why this is happening. The research is based on a multiple case study of 24 small and medium sized Danish manufacturing companies, which have all started their Industry 4.0 journey. We analyze the case data from the perspective of dynamic capabilities. Our findings show that the companies experience multiple barriers related to the sensing and seizing capabilities, which hinder their engagement with Industry 4.0. The lack of capabilities to sense and seize opportunities in relation to Industry 4.0 leads us to question whether manufacturers understand Industry 4.0 as a strategic asset or a set of disconnected technology improvements which may bring benefits to the operations, but do not utilize the systemic potential of Industry 4.0.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Customization: Bridging Smart Products and Manufacturing Systems : Proceedings of the 8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference (CARV2021) and the 10th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC2021), Aalborg, Denmark, October/November 2021
EditorsAnn-Louise Andersen, Rasmus Andersen, Thomas Ditlev Brunoe, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Kjeld Nielsen, Alessia Napoleone, Stefan Kjeldgaard
Number of pages9
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2022
Pages721-729
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-90699-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-90700-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable
and Virtual Production Conference &10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference, 2021
- Aalborg Universitet, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 1 Nov 20212 Nov 2021

Conference

Conference8th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable
and Virtual Production Conference &10th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference, 2021
LocationAalborg Universitet
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period01/11/2102/11/21
OtherThe CARV2021 conference is co-located with the 10th World Conference Mass Customization, Personalization & Co-Creation (MCPC2021).
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

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