טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentMargul Boris
SubjectDeveloping a Management Philosophy for Industry 4.0
Implementation
DepartmentDepartment of Design and Manufacturing Management
Supervisor PROF. Eitan Naveh


Abstract

Industry 4.0 has pivotal implications for organizational productivity and competitiveness. Its potential impact on what is known and what is taught in systems engineering and industrial engineering is remarkable. Yet, the high cost of installing Industry 4.0 technologies inside organizational premises is challenging, and thus organizations that may benefit from implementing them still do not embrace this change. This work argues that amazing as the new technologies are, without a good management philosophy of Industry 4.0, organizations cannot achieve the results they expect to obtain. Thus, to develop an appropriate management philosophy of Industry 4.0 implementation, the study presents 3 case studies that can help develop this new approach. All organizations examined were tested for the existence of a clear implementation strategy. In all the cases presented, there was a need for a process that a solution with advanced technologies would bring significant added value to the same organization. The study examined whether the need identification resulted from the implementation strategy or as a sporadic local case. It suggests that the potential for change can be realized only by using the appropriate management approach that fits the magnitude of change suggested by the novel technology.

It was interesting to see if understanding the benefits of Industry 4.0 causes organizations to be proactive and appeal to smart solutions providers to advance the implementation.

Besides, it was also essential to understand whether the pilot method's success was a condition and incentive for future activities and integrating technologies into the organization.

The main conclusion of this work is that the potential for change can be realized only by using the appropriate management approach that fits the change suggested by the novel technology.