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Identifying Comprehensive Key Criteria of Sustainable Development for Traditional Manufacturing in Taiwan

Zon-Yau Lee (), Mei-Tai Chu (), Shiuann-Shuoh Chen () and Chih-Hung Tsai ()
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Zon-Yau Lee: Department of International Business, Kainan University, No. 1 Kainan Road, Luzhu District, Taoyuan City 33857, Taiwan
Mei-Tai Chu: Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Marketing, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia
Shiuann-Shuoh Chen: Department of Business Administration, National Central University, No. 300, Zhongda Rd., Zhongli District, Taoyuan City 32001, Taiwan
Chih-Hung Tsai: Department of Business Administration, National Central University, No. 300, Zhongda Rd., Zhongli District, Taoyuan City 32001, Taiwan

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 9, 1-19

Abstract: The traditional manufacturing industry has suffered from changing global demands and rapid technology upgrades. It is critical to incorporate innovation into contemporary manufacturing for sustainable development. A comprehensive interpretation of the determinants and directions of technical change is greatly needed. Therefore, this study aims to explore innovative applications that can enhance the value of manufacturing and examine the key factors associated with these innovations. In this paper, three traditional manufacturing industries are analyzed using the research methodologies analytic hierarchy processing (AHP) and Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL), resulting in a set of six key criteria for innovative manufacturing. The causal relationships considering the six criteria in three industries are analyzed. The main contribution of this study is to establish a new framework for the sustainable development of traditional manufacturing industries. This could help to support conceptual innovation in these industries and establish a pragmatic approach to increase sustainable development. From the research results, the following suggestions can be made. The traditional manufacturing industries in Taiwan should focus on design and innovation. This can enhance the value-added and international competitiveness of industrial chains, enterprises, and products. Ultimately, it can lead to the sustainable development of Taiwan’s traditional industries.

Keywords: innovation; value added manufacturing; multiple-criteria decision making (MCDM) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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