Prioritizing Technology-Enabled Production Improvements in SMEs: An Interpretive Structural Model

Sofie Kallehauge Larsen*, Michele Colli, Andreas Kornmaaler Hansen, Verena Stingl

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Small and medium-sized manufacturers struggle to identify concrete opportunities for digitalization. This research focuses on identifying the most common technology-enabled production improvement opportunities and their contextual relationship through Interpretive Structural Modelling. The research is a qualitative multiple case study conducted in five Danish companies of between 30 and 150 employees. The paper finds that digitalizing dispatching processes and increasing the degree of automation in the material transformation processes should be the primary focus in early stages of SME digitalization. The findings provide indication how companies should prioritize improvement opportunity initiatives. The contribution to academia consists of making clear suggestions on how to proceed from digital maturity assessments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduction Processes and Product Evolution in the Age of Disruption : Proceedings of the 9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference (CARV2023) and the 11th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference (MCPC2023), Bologna, Italy, June 2023
Place of PublicationBologna
PublisherSpringer
Publication dateJun 2023
Pages321-329
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-34820-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-34821-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023
EventCARV-MCPC2023: 9th Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production Conference / 11th World Mass Customization & Personalization Conference - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 20 Jun 202324 Jun 2023
Conference number: 9 / 11
https://eventi.unibo.it/carv-mcpc-2023

Conference

ConferenceCARV-MCPC2023
Number9 / 11
LocationUniversity of Bologna
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBologna
Period20/06/202324/06/2023
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN2195-4356

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