Prioritizing Technology-Enabled Production Improvements in SMEs: An Interpretive Structural Model

Sofie Kallehauge Larsen, Michele Colli, Andreas Kornmaaler Hansen, Verena Stingl

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Abstract

Small and medium-sized manufacturers struggle to identify concrete opportunities for digitalization. This research focuses on identifying the most common technology-enabled production improvement opportunities and their contextual relationship through Interpretive Structural Modelling. The research is a qualitative multiple case study conducted in five Danish companies of between 30 and 150 employees. The paper finds that digitalizing dispatching processes and increasing the degree of automation in the material transformation processes should be the primary focus in early stages of SME digitalization. The findings provide indication how companies should prioritize improvement opportunity initiatives. The contribution to academia consists of making clear suggestions on how to proceed from digital maturity assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduction Processes and Product Evolution in the Age of Disruption : Proceedings of the 9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference CARV2023 and the 11th World Mass Customization and Personalization Conference MCPC2023
EditorsFrancesco Gabriele Galizia, Marco Bortolini
Number of pages9
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2023
Pages321-329
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-34820-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-34821-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference (CARV2023) and the 11th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC2023), Bologna, Italy, June 2023 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 202323 Jun 2023

Conference

Conference9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference (CARV2023) and the 11th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC2023), Bologna, Italy, June 2023
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period20/06/2323/06/23
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

Keywords

  • Digitalization
  • Industry 4.0
  • Production improvement
  • SME

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