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Industry 4.0: Whose Revolution? The Digitalization of Manufacturing Work Processes

Industry 4.0: Whose Revolution? The Digitalization of Manufacturing Work Processes

Category
Academic article
Abstract
The ongoing digitalization of manufacturing work processes resulting from Industry 4.0—defined as digitalization, automation, and data exchange in manufacturing—challenges how we see and define the role of operators and managers. Consequently, this study investigates the extent to which digital tools are used and available to managers and operators in manufacturing who are experiencing digitalization due to Industry 4.0 movements. A crosssectional
study of production managers and operators (n = 417) was conducted among 10
Norwegian manufacturing companies. Results from independent t-tests and Chi-square tests indicate that, compared with operators, production managers report higher satisfaction with different digitalization experiences, more extensive use of digital systems for registration and documentation, and greater availability of digital tools. Thus, digitalization and digital tools based on the Industry 4.0 concepts seem to have only reached the managerial level, and the revolution seems to be top down.
Client
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 237900
Language
English
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Digital / Technology Management
Date
11.12.2019
Year
2019
Published in
Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
ISSN
2245-0157
Volume
9
Issue
4
Page(s)
39 - 57