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The Impact of Industry 4.0 on the Supply Chain

Hans-Christian Pfohl, Burak Yahsi and Tamer Kurnaz

A chapter in Innovations and Strategies for Logistics and Supply Chains: Technologies, Business Models and Risk Management, 2015, pp 31-58 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Disruptive innovations are currently changing the landscape of many industries and their business models. Because of increasingly digitalized processes and an exponential growth of sensible data, supply chains are also impacted by the fourth industrial revolution. The strategic management requires a more transparent understanding of the currently available and interrelated technologies and concepts. Since the supply chain will obviously undergo an organizational change, a theoretical framework is necessary to understand which activity is impacted from a holistic management- perspective. In this paper, the term "Industry 4.0" is defined and its seven characteristic and interrelated features are highlighted. Furthermore, related technologies and concepts are validated to determine their contribution to the future development of the industrial revolution. Out of initially 49, the 15 most relevant technologies and concepts are identified through a conceptual analysis. A theoretical framework is proposed to evaluate key technologies and concepts with respect to their impact on the supply chain. According to Cachon (2012), three interesting hypothesis are stated, concluding on the impact of Industry 4.0 from a structural, technological and organizational perspective. All results are based on a structured literature review.

Keywords: Industry 4.0; Supply Chain; Organizational Change; Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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