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The role of Dynamic Capabilities in the Industry 4.0 transition of manufacturing SMEs.

Kooistra, J.S. (2021) The role of Dynamic Capabilities in the Industry 4.0 transition of manufacturing SMEs.

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Abstract:The fourth industry revolution is currently in full swing, combining manufacturing and information technologies together. Although much research has been conducted on Industry 4.0, little of it takes SMEs in consideration. The goal of this research is to find whether there exists a relationship between the Dynamic Capabilities (Teece, 2007) and the Industry 4.0 maturity level of a SME. This possible relationship could allow for a new way of looking at the enhancement of the Industry 4.0 maturity level and could stretch beyond Industry 4.0 related practices. By applying the Dynamic Capabilities scale (Kump et al., 2018) and the science based Smart Industry Maturity Scan (Ungerer, 2018), consisting of seven dimensions, on a manufacturing firm in the East of the Netherlands, their performance on the two paradigms is measured. Based on the outcomes of the surveys a workshop which focuses on improving certain aspects is given by the researcher. From the surveys a possible relationship between two dimensions of the SIMS scan and the Dynamic Capabilities was found. The results can be resourceful for further investigation and useful for managers as it is made clear that the Industry 4.0 maturity level has an origin, which could lie in their Dynamic Capabilities, making the enhancement of the maturity more tangible.
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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