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Anticipating the Future for Manufacturing SME’s with the Smart Industry Maturity Scan (SIMS)

Nguyen Phuc, Thang (2019) Anticipating the Future for Manufacturing SME’s with the Smart Industry Maturity Scan (SIMS).

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Abstract:The world is in anticipation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In order for manufacturing SMEs to stay competitive, there is an increasing need for SMEs in manufacturing to anticipate on Smart Technologies and change their business models accordingly to the new industrial era. Manufacturing SMEs need to know how to anticipate on these changes based on their current state and then can engage in strategic re-orientation. There is a need to make aware of and define the challenges and knowledge gaps for adopting Smart Industry approaches, to be able to develop specific action roadmaps for implementing Smart Industry in manufacturing SMEs. This research aims at providing a better understanding of the way to help manufacturing SME’s to overcome the challenges of Smart Industry whilst producing contribution to scientific insights and practice on how anticipation in the Smart Industry for manufacturing SMEs occurs. This was done in a case study at an investigated company by applying a quick Smart Industry Maturity Scan designed to qualitatively determine the current state of Smart Industry anticipation over 7 dimensions. The results of this scan were further explored, discussed and explained in a follow-up workshop against a built upon conceptual framework, consisting of identified factors for anticipation of Smart Industry.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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