Industry 4.0 as a moderator on the relationship between lean and operational performance

Guilherme Tortorella, Ricardo Giglio, Desirée Hermina van Dun

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Due to both convergent and divergent characteristics of Industry 4.0 and Lean Production (LP), it is unclear whether their concurrent implementation may increase performance. This paper examines the moderating effect of Industry 4.0 on the relationship between LP and operational performance improvement within a developing economy. A survey was distributed among 147 Brazilian manufacturing companies that had implemented both LP and Industry 4.0. Findings indicate that, although LP’s low setup practices enhance performance, its effect varies when Industry 4.0 practices are also adopted. Managers should thus carefully prioritize the parallel adoption of different bundles of Industry 4.0 and LP practices.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
Event25th International Annual EurOMA Conference: To serve, to produce and to servitize in the era of networks, big data and analytics - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Building Q, Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 24 Jun 201826 Jun 2018


Conference25th International Annual EurOMA Conference
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