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Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations

1st Edition

Edited by Lisa De Propris, David Bailey


258 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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This edited volume brings together a group of expert contributors to explore the opportunities and the challenges that Industry 4.0 (smart manufacturing) is likely to pose for regions, firms and jobs in Europe. Drawing on theory and empirical cases, it considers emerging issues like servitization, new innovation models for local production systems and the increase in reshoring.

Industry 4.0 and Regional Transformations captures the complexity of this new manufacturing model in an accessible way and considers its implications for the future. It will be essential reading for advanced students and researchers and policy makers in regional studies, industrial policy, economic geography, innovation studies, operations management and engineering.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Key Concepts Lisa De Propris

2. Servitization in Europe Ferran Vendrell & Oscar Bustinza

3. Future Jobs and Skills Arianna Pittarello & Antonalla Trevisanato

4. Sustainable Manufacturing: The Bio Eco-System Paulina Ramirez

5. Transformation Paths, Knowledge Bases and the Geography of Knowledge Networks Marco Bellandi & Cristina Chaminade

6. Models of Production and Development in SMEs Local Productive Systems Facing Industry 4.0: Some Cases from The Tuscany Region Marco Bellandi, Erica Santini, Claudia Vecciolini & Lisa De Propris

7. Disruptive Changes in the Automotive Eco-System David Bailey

8. Cluster Upgrade in Italy and Sweden Giancarlo Coro & Mario Volpe

9. Industry 4.0 and Reshoring Steffen Kinkel

10. Deglobalisation, Reshoring and Value Chains Diletta Pegoraro, Lisa De Propris & Agnieszka Chidlow

11. Reshoring in the US and Europe Steffen Kinkel, Diletta Pegoraro & Rosemary Coates

12. Technological Readiness in European Regions: EU Policy Perspectives on Industry 4.0 Dosso Mafini

13. Industry 4.0 and Future Industrial Policy David Bailey

About the Editors

Lisa De Propris, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK.

David Bailey, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK, and Senior Fellow, the UK in a Changing Europe programme.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Urban & Regional
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies