Smart Industry—The Digital Gap in the Process of the Smart Supply Chain Competitive Advantage?

  • Katarzyna NowickaEmail author
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Smart Industry plays a crucial role in the system of smart supply chains. Those kinds of supply chains are based on digital technologies ecosystems concentrated on supporting all types of flows to increase competitive advantage. Therefore, decisions taken within a particular company concerning its innovations, technology usage or B and R activities impact the whole level of value developed and delivered by the supply chains. The crucial role in the supply chain is played by small and medium enterprises (SME) as their level of digitalization impacts on ability to compete by smart supply chain idea. The aim of the chapter is to analyze the role of digital technologies ecosystems usage by the Smart Industry sector—understood as a part of the smart supply chain model—in gaining competitive advantage. The special attention is put on SME as their role in the supply chain and economy is vital. The main part of the analysis concentrates on the concept of Smart Industry development in terms of its innovation and digitalization level in Poland. Analysis is based on empirical researches conducted by Kantar Millward Brown among Polish SME in 2017 and 2018 on behalf of the Siemens company and Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology (in 2017—Ministry of Development) in Poland. Additionally the reports on Industry 4.0 (Smart Industry) were revised and used for research purposes.


Industry 4.0 Technologies ecosystem Smart supply chain Digital technologies Ecosystems Small and medium enterprises 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SGH Warsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland

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