1st Edition

Industry 4.0 in SMEs Across the Globe Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities

Edited By Julian M. Muller, Nikolai Kazantsev Copyright 2022
    256 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The field of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) digitalization is becoming more mature and stands to significantly contribute to the full development of the agenda of Industry 4.0. Although national digitalization programs have their own goals, the common focus is on the role of SMEs in global value chains. Since SMEs are known to have challenges around Industry 4.0 implementation, this book integrates experiences from 14 countries worldwide.

    Industry 4.0 in SMEs across the Globe: Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities provides an in-depth overview of Industry 4.0 in SMEs, covering various national, historical, and geographical settings in nine European countries: Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Serbia, and the UK, complemented by five other countries from around the world: Brazil, China, India, Iran, and the U.S.

    Each chapter describes the national digitalization program, along with barriers, drivers, and opportunities to implement Industry 4.0 in local SMEs. It subsumes the findings across these countries to identify common themes and clusters of drivers, barriers, and opportunities. The book concludes that there are common approaches of SMEs across the world to adopt Industry 4.0, which are to be understood to increase industrial competitiveness globally.

    This book is a great resource for digitalization leaders and laggards, business consultants and researchers, as well as Ph.D. and master’s students from industrial engineering and manufacturing backgrounds. Policy makers can also use the contents to better understand the commonalities and differences of national digitalization programs and further support SMEs in their digitalization process.

    1. Industry 4.0 barriers, drivers and opportunities: An introduction to lessons learned from SMEs worldwide.

    Julian M.Müller , Nikolai Kazantsev

    2. Industry 4.0 towards a Circular Economy - Why Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises must be integrated better within Supply Chains.

    Petra Unterberger Julian M. Müller

    3. Industry 4.0 in Finland: Towards Twin Transition.

    Iqra Khan, Osmo Kauppila, Jukka Majava, Marko Jurmu, Jan Olaf Blech, Elina Annanperä, Marko Jurvansuu, Susanna Pirttikangas

    4. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and the Industry 4.0 Transformation in France.

    Elena Kornyshova, Judith Barrios

    5. The Case of Industry 4.0 with Hungarian SMEs.

    Robert Marciniak, Peter Moricz and Krisztina Demeter

    6. The adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies: the case of Italian manufacturing SMEs.

    Rubina Romanello, Maria Chiarvesio

    7. Digitalization and the Future of Production: The Case of Baltic States’ Manufacturing SMEs.

    Mantas Vilkas, Morteza Ghobakhloo, Andrius Grybauskas

    8. Industry 4.0 in Poland from a perspective of SMEs.

    Anna Michna, Jan Kaźmierczak

    9. Industry 4.0 – Present or future in Serbia.

    Zoran Vitorovic

    10. The birthplace of the 1st industrial revolution remains fertile ground for SMEs in its 4th incarnation.

    Shaden Jaradat

    11. Industry 4.0 in Brazil.

    Gilson Adamczuk Oliveira, Marcelo Gonçalves Trentin, Dalmarino Setti, Jose Donizetti de Lima

    12. Cloud-Based SMART Manufacturing in China.

    YC Chau, Vincent WC Fung

    13. Industry 4.0 and SMEs: An Indian Perspective.

    Debabrata Das, Sankhadip Kumar, Amit Somwanshi

    14. Industry 4.0 and SME development: The Case of a Middle Eastern Country.

    Morteza Ghobakhloo, Masood Fathi, Parisa Maroufkhani

    15. Industry 4.0 in Russia: Digital transformation of economic sectors.

    Pavel Anatolyevich Drogovoz, Nataliya Aleksandrovna Kashevarova, Vladimir Alekseevich Dadonov, Tatyana Georgievna Sadovskaya, Maksim Konstantinovich Trusevich

    16. Status, Opportunities, and Barriers in Implementing Industry 4.0 in the U.S.

    Ling Li, Yang Lu

    17. Industry 4.0 experience in SMEs: An international overview of barriers, drivers and opportunities.

    Rubina Romanello, Nikolai Kazantsev, Gilson Adamczuk Oliveira, Julian M. Müller


    Julian M. Müller is professor at Kufstein University of Applied Sciences, Austria and is visiting professor at Jagellonian University Krakow (Poland) and Corvinius University Budapest (Hungary). He completed his PhD at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). His research interests include Industry 4.0, technology and innovation management, supply chain management, sustainability, small and medium-sized enterprises, and business model innovation.

    Nikolai Kazantsev is a research associate at The University of Exeter (UK) and senior lecturer at HSE University (Russia). His PhD the University of Manchester is devoted to barriers to new supply relationships between SMEs in the context of Industry 4.0, collaboration design methods and collaborative business models for SMEs. Nikolay’s research interests are related to the impacts of digital technologies and new collaborative business models to industries, companies and individuals.