An Action Design Research Approach to Study Digital Transformation in SME

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In this chapter, we develop an action design research approach to study digital transformation in the small and medium-sized companies engaged in Innovation Factory North. The Innovation Factory North is a research and innovation project aimed at making Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) smarter by engaging in joint industry/academic activities. The collaborative activities are framed as participatory design (PD) and the research activities are framed as action design research (ADR). This leads to formulating an approach to study the mechanisms for making small and medium-sized manufacturing companies smarter, by conducting a series of interactive research engagements with SME's centered around the AAU learning factory, the AAU Smart Lab.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Smart Production for SMEs : A Methodological and Practical Approach Towards Digitalization in SMEs
EditorsOle Madsen, Ulrich Berger, Charles Møller, Astrid Heidemann Lassen, Brian Vejrum Waehrens, Casper Schou
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-15427-0, 978-3-031-15430-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-15428-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Action design research
  • Design science research
  • Digital transformation
  • SME

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