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Taking Responsibility for Industrial Digitalization: Navigating Organizational Challenges
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA iAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7123-3173
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration. (LINA iAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1991-4588
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW iAIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8962-0924
2022 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 866-866Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, an employee perspective has been applied in aiming to explore how organizations face challenges and take responsibility for industrial digitalization, thus extending the research on the human-centric perspective in relation to Industry 4.0 technologies. To give emphasis to the human-centric perspective, the co-workership wheel was applied to identify and analyze data. The findings of an explorative longitudinal qualitative case study consisting of 35 in-depth interviews with informants from a manufacturing company were used. Additional data collection consisted of documents and project meetings. By applying a human-centric perspective, llessons learned from this case study show that taking responsibility for industrial digitalization is challenging and the importance of an adaptive organizational culture and a focus on learning and competence are crucial. We argue that the findings give useful implications for manufacturing organizations navigating the challenges of industrial digitalization to sense and seize the benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. Vol. 14, no 2, p. 866-866
Keywords [en]
industrial digitalization; Industry 4.0 technologies; co-workership wheel; adaptive culture; learning; competence; manufacturing; human-centric
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Business Administration
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; Production Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18075DOI: 10.3390/su14020866ISI: 000747641200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85122868097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18075DiVA, id: diva2:1630865
Note

This research was supported by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation Grant no. 202 000350*and University West Sweden.

The study was carried out within the AHIL-project, Artificial and Human Intelligence through Learning, funded by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation and University West

Available from: 2022-01-21 Created: 2022-01-21 Last updated: 2024-04-08
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1. Social Aspects of Strategizing Industrial Digitalization
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2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to contribute to understanding how contemporary Swedish manufacturing organizations can strategize industrial digitalization with an emerging focus on social aspects. It complements earlier research by highlighting Swedish manufacturing organizations as they stand at the intersection of Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0.

The thesis is a longitudinal case study of interviews and focus groups between early 2019 and spring 2023. The case study follows an explorative approach to give texture to industrial digitalization and to understand the social aspects of strategizing industrial digitalization. It is limited to the Swedish context and the characteristics of original equipment manufacturers.

The thesis contributes by texturizing industrial digitalization through three social aspects, which are argued to be a way for manufacturing organizations to give shape to industrial digitalization. The social aspects elaborated on and presented in this thesis are: to look beyond digital technologies, to formalize a shared understanding, and to transcend organizational structures. These social aspects are thematic but also interlinked. Together, these social aspects bring insights into how managers can guide the organizational capabilities to ensure synergy between an organization’s actions and objectives when strategizing industrial digitalization. Strategizing industrial digitalization should, therefore, be texturized by each organization to define and redefine its organizational capabilities. This means each organization's social aspects are unique, making the manufacturing organizations' capabilities unique.

Abstract [sv]

En del av utmaningen i det strategiska arbetet (strategizing) för industriell digitalisering är de influenser det påverkas av. En av de mest framträdande influenser är perspektivet att svenska tillverkningsorganisationer måste nyttja digital teknik för att förbli konkurrenskraftiga. De förväntas dra nytta av införandet eller implementeringen av digital teknik när de till exempel går från manuell till digital produktionsplanering. Det är i antagandet att organisationen kommer dra nytta som en del av problematiken uppstår i det strategiska arbetet.

I denna avhandling studeras hur sociala aspekter i det strategiska arbetet för industriell digitalisering kan förstås och ges textur (texturizing) för svenska tillverkningsorganisationer som befinner sig i skärningspunkten mellan Industri 4.0 och Industri 5.0.

Avhandling är baserad på en longitudinell fallstudie med två svenska tillverkningsorganisationer. De fem bifogade artiklarna, som är resultatet av denna avhandling, består av kvalitativa forskningsmetoder inklusive intervjuer och fokusgrupper. Dessa metoder gjorde det möjligt att utforska potentiella sambanden mellan influenser av industriell digitalisering och organisatoriska förmågor mer djupgående för att förstå hur det strategiska arbetet för industriell digitalisering navigeras och potentiellt kan förstås genom sociala aspekter.

Avhandlingen bidrar till att ge textur åt industriell digitalisering genom tre identifierade sociala aspekter, som argumenteras vara ett sätt för tillverkande organisationer att ge form och karaktär åt industriell digitalisering. De sociala aspekterna som presenteras i denna avhandling är: att se bortom digital teknik, att formalisera en gemensam förståelse och att överskrida organisatoriska strukturer. Dessa sociala aspekter är tematiska men också sammanlänkade. Tillsammans ger de insikter om hur chefer kan guida organisationens förmåga att säkerställa synergi mellan dess handlingar och mål för industriell digitalisering. Varje organisations sociala aspekter diskuteras vara unika, vilket gör tillverkningsorganisationernas förmågor unika. Avhandlingen argumenterar för att strategisk industriell digitalisering således bör ges textur av varje enskild organisation för att definiera och omdefiniera dess unika förmåga att navigera industriell digitalisering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: University West, 2023. p. 85
Series
PhD Thesis: University West ; 60
Keywords
Industrial digitalization; Social aspects; Dynamic Capabilities; Organizational capabilities; Strategizing; Texturizing; Industrial Work-Integrated Learning, Industriell digitalisering; Sociala aspekter; Dynamic Capabilities; Organisatoriska förmågor; Strategizing; Texturizing; Industriellt Arbetsintegrerat lärande
National Category
Learning Business Administration Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20931 (URN)9789189325623 (ISBN)9789189325616 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-12-20, J111, Gustava Melins gata, Trollhättan, 14:00 (English)
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Paper 5  is not included due to copyright.

Available from: 2023-11-27 Created: 2023-11-15 Last updated: 2024-01-16Bibliographically approved

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