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Title: Examining the development of a digital ecosystem in an Industry 4.0 context: a sociotechnical perspective
Authors: Margherita, Emanuele Gabriel 
Braccini, Alessio Maria 
Journal: SN BUSINESS & ECONOMICS 
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: 
To respond to increased competition, manufacturing organisations have started developing digital ecosystems within a supply chain by adopting Industry 4.0 tech- nologies. That approach promises to improve organisational efficiency by automat- ing operations and decision-making activities. The development of the digital eco- system passes through vertical and horizontal integrations of technologies. Vertical integration represents the integration of various organisational units, and it is a mile- stone in the process of reaching horizontal integration where different organisations integrate their production processes in a supply chain. The extant literature reveals that the vertical integration of an organisation is challenging to achieve, as the adop- tion process of Industry 4.0 employs a technocentric perspective without consid- ering the way that technology users can cause strong workforce resistance against Industry 4.0 adoption. The sociotechnical perspective addresses this issue by consid- ering both technology and users during the adoption process. Therefore, this paper illustrates the applicability of the sociotechnical approach to an in-depth single case study of an Italian manufacturing group which successfully adopted Industry 4.0 technologies. We show the adoption process of Industry 4.0 technologies, highlight- ing the outcome of the adoption and proposing sociotechnical enabling factors that assist in achieving vertical integration.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2067/43762
ISSN: 2662-9399
DOI: 10.1007/s43546-021-00096-z
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