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Industry 4.0: How it is defined from a sociotechnical perspective and how much sustainability it includes – A literature review

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Beier, Grischa, André Ullrich, Silke Niehoff, Malte Reißig, and Matthias Habich. 2020. “Industry 4.0: How It Is Defined from a Sociotechnical Perspective and How Much Sustainability It Includes – A Literature Review.” Journal of Cleaner Production 259 (June): 120856.

Industry 4.0 has had a strong influence on the debate on the digitalization of industrial processes, despite being criticized for lacking a proper definition. However, Industry 4.0 might offer a huge chance to align the goals of a sustainable development with the ongoing digital transformation in industrial development. The main contribution of this paper is therefore twofold. We provide a de-facto definition of the concept “Industry 4.0” from a sociotechnical perspective based on its most often cited key features, as well as a thorough review of how far the concept of sustainability is incorporated in it.

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