Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Introduction to Industry 4.0 for SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Industry 4.0 Concepts for Smart Manufacturing in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Erwin Rauch, Andrew R. Vickery, Christopher A. Brown, Dominik T. Matt
      Pages 39-72 Open Access
    3. Luca Gualtieri, Ilaria Palomba, Erich J. Wehrle, Renato Vidoni
      Pages 105-144 Open Access
  4. Industry 4.0 Concepts for Smart Logistics in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Patrick Dallasega, Manuel Woschank, Helmut Zsifkovits, Korrakot Tippayawong, Christopher A. Brown
      Pages 147-162 Open Access
    3. Helmut Zsifkovits, Johannes Kapeller, Hermann Reiter, Christian Weichbold, Manuel Woschank
      Pages 163-192 Open Access
    4. Helmut Zsifkovits, Manuel Woschank, Sakgasem Ramingwong, Warisa Wisittipanich
      Pages 193-212 Open Access
  5. Industry 4.0 Managerial, Organizational and Implementation Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Vladimír Modrák, Zuzana Šoltysová
      Pages 215-250 Open Access
    3. Guido Orzes, Robert Poklemba, Walter T. Towner
      Pages 251-277 Open Access
    4. Apichat Sopadang, Nilubon Chonsawat, Sakgasem Ramingwong
      Pages 279-302 Open Access
  6. Case Studies and Methodical Tools for Implementing Industry 4.0 in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Kamil Židek, Vladimír Modrák, Ján Pitel, Zuzana Šoltysová
      Pages 305-334 Open Access
    3. Luca Gualtieri, Rafael A. Rojas, Manuel A. Ruiz Garcia, Erwin Rauch, Renato Vidoni
      Pages 335-382 Open Access
    4. Christopher A. Brown
      Pages 383-401 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-412

About this book


This open access book explores the concept of Industry 4.0, which presents a considerable challenge for the production and service sectors. While digitization initiatives are usually integrated into the central corporate strategy of larger companies, smaller firms often have problems putting Industry 4.0 paradigms into practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) possess neither the human nor financial resources to systematically investigate the potential and risks of introducing Industry 4.0. Addressing this obstacle, the international team of authors focuses on the development of smart manufacturing concepts, logistics solutions and managerial models specifically for SMEs. Aiming to provide methodological frameworks and pilot solutions for SMEs during their digital transformation, this innovative and timely book will be of great use to scholars researching technology management, digitization and small business, as well as practitioners within manufacturing companies.


Digital Business Fourth Industrial Revolution Smart Logistics Small to Medium Sized Enterprises Smart Manufacturing open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominik T. Matt
    • 1
  • Vladimír Modrák
    • 2
  • Helmut Zsifkovits
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and TechnologyFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Manufacturing ManagementTechnical University of KošicePrešovSlovakia
  3. 3.Chair of Industrial LogisticsMontanuniversität LeobenLeobenAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25424-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25425-4
  • Buy this book on publisher's site