Quotation Felsberger, Andreas, Qaiser, Fahham Hasan, Choudhary, Alok, Reiner, Gerald. 2022. The impact of Industry 4.0 on the reconciliation of dynamic capabilities: evidence from the European manufacturing industries. Production Planning and Control. 1-24.




Industry 4.0 offers massive potential for implementing sustainability, which is a growing concern for global manufacturing industries. This paper investigates the impact of the implementation of Industry 4.0 with specific emphasis on digital transformation on the sustainability dimensions of European manufacturing industries. In doing so, we propose a framework to identify the implications of Industry 4.0 on the reconciliation of the firm’s existing and new dynamic capabilities, competencies, and market requirements to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Using a multiple case research design, we study six European manufacturing companies, including aerospace manufacturing (AM) and electronic component and systems (ECS) manufacturing. The novelty of our study lies in developing a set of theoretical propositions that reveals interrelations between Industry 4.0, the dynamic capabilities of the firm and distinct dimensions of sustainability. Our findings show that the reconciliation of dynamic capabilities mediates the impact of Industry 4.0 on economic, environmental, and social aspects. The study provides insights to practitioners to strengthen their dynamic capabilities in order to achieve sustainability while implementing Industry 4.0. Moreover, the findings also facilitate investment decisions in Industry 4.0 projects.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Production Planning and Control
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-C, WH-B
Language English
Title The impact of Industry 4.0 on the reconciliation of dynamic capabilities: evidence from the European manufacturing industries
Year 2022
Page from 1
Page to 24
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09537287.2020.1810765
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1810765
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09537287.2020.1810765


Integrated Development 4.0
Reiner, Gerald (Details)
Choudhary, Alok (University Loughborough, United Kingdom)
Felsberger, Andreas (Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Qaiser, Fahham Hasan (University Loughborough, United Kingdom)
Institute for Production Management (Reiner) (Details)
Institute for Production Management IN (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1133 Computer-aided simulation (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5316 Industrial management (Details)
5326 Production research (Details)
5354 Business logistics (Details)
5365 Quality management (Details)
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