The Emperor's New Clothes or an Enduring IT Fashion? Analyzing the Lifecycle of Industry 4.0 through the Lens of Management Fashion Theory

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dc.contributor.authorOesterreich, Thuy Duong
dc.contributor.authorSchuir, Julian
dc.contributor.authorTeuteberg, Frank
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:04:39Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:04:39Z-
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/6540-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the recent hype around Industry 4.0 through the lens of management fashion theory to answer the question of how Industry 4.0 has emerged as a management fashion and to what extent it has diffused in organizational practice. Therefore, we conducted a comprehensive discourse lifecycle analysis based on 3920 academic and practical publications comprising a rhetoric and content analysis along with a diffusion lifecycle analysis involving selected diffusion indicators. The findings indicate that Industry 4.0 constitutes an enduring management fashion that has recently reached its peak, with the first signs for an upcoming downswing. The discourse around Industry 4.0 illustrates the concept as a panacea for business problems such as a lack of sustainability and intense global competition; however, the diffusion lifecycle analysis indicates hesitation among companies to adopt Industry 4.0 due to the ambiguity in the conceptual interpretation. The findings enable a more holistic understanding of the recent developments around Industry 4.0 and help to identify actions for the involved political, practical and academic actors. To actively shape the Industry 4.0 fashion development path, more institutional work is needed to help Industry 4.0 fashion users with their adoption engagements and hence achieve ``professionalization'' at an organizational level.
dc.description.sponsorshipDeutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)German Research Foundation (DFG); Open Access Publishing Fund of Osnabruck University; We acknowledge support by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Open Access Publishing Fund of Osnabruck University. This contribution is part of the research training group ``va-eva: Vertrauen und Akzeptanz in erweiterten und virtuellen Arbeitswelten'' of the University of Osnabruck.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.relation.ispartofSUSTAINABILITY
dc.subjectARCHITECTURE
dc.subjectBIG DATA
dc.subjectcontent analysis
dc.subjectdiffusion lifecycle analysis
dc.subjectdiscourse lifecycle analysis
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Studies
dc.subjectFUTURE
dc.subjectGreen & Sustainable Science & Technology
dc.subjectIndustry 4.0
dc.subjectmanagement fashion theory
dc.subjectMANAGERIAL CHALLENGES
dc.subjectMODEL
dc.subjectOPPORTUNITIES
dc.subjectRESEARCH AGENDA
dc.subjectScience & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subjectSUSTAINABILITY
dc.subjectSYSTEMS
dc.subjectTECHNOLOGY
dc.titleThe Emperor's New Clothes or an Enduring IT Fashion? Analyzing the Lifecycle of Industry 4.0 through the Lens of Management Fashion Theory
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/su12218828
dc.identifier.isiISI:000593544500001
dc.description.volume12
dc.description.issue21
dc.identifier.eissn20711050
dc.publisher.placeST ALBAN-ANLAGE 66, CH-4052 BASEL, SWITZERLAND
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationSustainability
dcterms.oaStatusgold, Green Submitted
crisitem.author.deptFB 09 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb09-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidTeFr823-
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