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Desperately seeking industrial digital strategy: a dynamic capability approach
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA iAIL PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7123-3173
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (LINA iAIL PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0086-9067
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Business Administration. (LINA iAIL PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1991-4588
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA iAIL PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6101-3054
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, ISSN 1479-3121, E-ISSN 1479-313X, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 345-364Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on managers’ perceptions of organisational capabilities for strategy formulation related to industrial digitalisation. A qualitative case study based on ten interviews in two manufacturing companies explores managers’ perceptions of industrial digitalisation. A dynamic capability framework, consisting of the organisational capabilities sensing, seizing, and transforming opportunities, is applied to recognise and analyse nuances in managers’ interpretation of prevailing organisational capabilities. Findings reveal that the studied companies have a limited maturity concerning knowledge, skills, and resources for industrial digitalisation which is needed in order to formulate a digital strategy. An additional core capability was discerned, i.e., ’seeking’. Seeking includes actions for articulating, appropriating, and involving in the very early phases of understanding and formulating a digital strategy. This article contributes to the existing dynamic capability framework by adding the core capability seeking illustrated in an elaborated and holistic ’dynamic capability loop’. The loop frames industrial digitalisation as a continuous process closely integrated with strategy formulation.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Inderscience Publishers , 2021. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 345-364
Keywords [en]
Enterprise resource management; Managers; Case-studies; Digital strategies; Digitalization; Dynamic capability framework; Dynamics capability; Industrial digital strategy; Industrial digitalization; Manufacturing industries; Organizational capabilities; Strategy formulations; Industry 4.0
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; Production Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18512DOI: 10.1504/IJISCM.2021.122800Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85130573155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18512DiVA, id: diva2:1714077
Note

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: 2022-11-28 Created: 2022-11-28 Last updated: 2023-11-15Bibliographically approved
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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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Supervisors
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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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