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Industry 4.0 Adoption in the Manufacturing Process: Multiple case study of electronic manufacturers and machine manufacturers
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Management Accounting and Logistics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Changing market conditions and increasing competition drive companies to increase their collaboration along the supply chain. Technological innovations enable businesses to increase their integration tremendously. The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) enables the integration of information technology with industrial technology. The adoption of Industry 4.0 includes many complex technologies that come with challenges for many organizations. Previous research suggests that conventional manufacturing might have to be adjusted to Industry 4.0.

Purpose: This thesis identifies and analyzes potential challenges of Industry 4.0 adoption for electronics manufacturers and machine manufacturers and analyzes how processes in manufacturing need to be adjusted to successfully implement Industry 4.0. The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to successful Industry 4.0 adoption in the manufacturing process and therefore to contribute to technological advancement.

Method: This thesis conducts a multiple case study and gathers qualitative data by conducting semi-structured interviews.

Findings & conclusion: Challenges identified for most companies are standardization, management support, skills and costs. Most companies face data and compatibility challenges. Some companies face the challenge of complexity, information security, scalability and network externalities. Companies with higher levels of maturity are less likely to face environmental challenges.Lean Management was identified as a prerequisite for Industry 4.0 adoption. The adoption of Industry 4.0 is likely to lead to a paperless factory. Furthermore, changes concerning the infrastructure are a main finding. Moreover, it was found that Industry 4.0 does not require major changes from conventional manufacturing processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 132
Keywords [en]
Industry 4.0; Manufacturing; Innovation Adoption Process; Adoption Challenges; Electronic Manufacturing; Machine Manufacturing; Multiple Case Study.
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-74989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-74989DiVA, id: diva2:1213259
Educational program
Business Process and Supply Chain Management, Master Programme, 120 credits
Presentation
2018-05-28, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-04 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved

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