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dc.contributor.authorSchönfuß, B
dc.contributor.authorMcFarlane, D
dc.contributor.authorHawkridge, G
dc.contributor.authorSalter, L
dc.contributor.authorAthanassopoulou, N
dc.contributor.authorde Silva, L
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-05T23:31:32Z
dc.date.available2021-09-05T23:31:32Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn0166-3615
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/327630
dc.description.abstractThe digitalisation of the manufacturing industry is perceived to be critical for achieving future productivity gains. As a result, programmes such as Industry 4.0 (I4.0) have received a huge amount of attention. A series of authors have identified a gap in digitalisation research in the area of small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises (SMEs). The majority of studies and developments are focussed on larger companies, disregarding SME-specific digitalisation challenges such as knowledge, resource, and technology-awareness limitations. Based on the literature, we believe that a major reason for the disconnect is the discussion of digitalisation from a technology-centric viewpoint. Instead, we propose a problem-centric view on digitalisation as a means of addressing operational challenges through digital technologies. The aim of this paper is to identify the solution areas associated with these challenges that are relevant to a majority of manufacturing SMEs. In this study, we collate a catalogue of digitalisation priorities, conducting workshops with manufacturing SMEs (n=128). The final catalogue comprises 59 items with a clear hierarchy. Out of all participants in the study, 86% ranked one of the top 5 items as a key priority for their business. This contribution can help focus research, systems development, and standardisation to increase accessibility to digitalisation for manufacturing SMEs.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleA catalogue of digital solution areas for prioritising the needs of manufacturing SMEs
dc.typeArticle
prism.publicationDate2021
prism.publicationNameComputers in Industry
prism.volume133
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.75084
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-08-26
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.compind.2021.103532
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021-12-01
dc.contributor.orcidSchönfuß, B [0000-0002-4913-3491]
dc.contributor.orcidHawkridge, G [0000-0002-7539-1697]
dc.contributor.orcidAthanassopoulou, N [0000-0001-7531-6868]
dc.identifier.eissn1872-6194
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
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