Chinese Geographical Science

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 626–637 | Cite as

Fourth Industrial Revolution: technological drivers, impacts and coping methods

  • Guoping LiEmail author
  • Yun Hou
  • Aizhi Wu


The world is marching into a new development period when the digital technology, physical technology, and biological technology have achieved an unprecedented development respectively in their own fields, and at the same time their applications are converging greatly. These are the three major technological drivers for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This paper discusses the specific technology niches of each kind technological driver behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and then evaluates impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on global industrial, economic, and social development. At last this paper proposes possible measures and policies for both firms and governments to cope with the changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Fourth Industrial Revolution technological drivers global impacts firm-level adjustments government policies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GovernmentPeking UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.NUS Business SchoolNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.LibraryPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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