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Determinants of Decision-Makers’ Attitudes toward Industry 4.0 Adaptation

College of Business Administration & Information Science, Chubu University, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501, Japan
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(5), 140;
Received: 12 April 2019 / Revised: 27 April 2019 / Accepted: 28 April 2019 / Published: 6 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Industry 4.0 Implication for Economy and Society)
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Industry 4.0 could drastically change not only firms’ production sites, organization, operation, and marketing but also industrial competition rules. This study aims at investigating a real situation of firms’ willingness to adapt to Industry 4.0 and revealing the determinants of decision-makers’ attitudes toward Industry 4.0 adaptation, as well as factors that inhibit adaptation. The study, using statistical analysis and questionnaire survey data for quantitative observation, finds that firms required the following: fostering the positive attitude of decision-makers toward adapting Industry 4.0, enhancing decision-makers’ acquisition of appropriate knowledge, and complementing lack of resources such as skilled workers. Moreover, firms applying to adapt to Industry 4.0 as well as outsiders must participate in promoting it among manufacturing firms. View Full-Text
Keywords: Industry 4.0; decision-maker; organizational inertia; information systems Industry 4.0; decision-maker; organizational inertia; information systems
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