Industry 4.0 - Potentials for Creating Smart Products: Empirical Research Results

  • Rainer SchmidtEmail author
  • Michael Möhring
  • Ralf-Christian Härting
  • Christopher Reichstein
  • Pascal Neumaier
  • Philip Jozinović
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 208)


Industry 4.0 combines the strengths of traditional industries with cutting edge internet technologies. It embraces a set of technologies enabling smart products integrated into intertwined digital and physical processes. Therefore, many companies face the challenge to assess the diversity of developments and concepts summarized under the term industry 4.0. The paper presents the result of a study on the potential of industry 4.0. The use of current technologies like Big Data or cloud-computing are drivers for the individual potential of use of Industry 4.0. Furthermore mass customization as well as the use of idle data and production time improvement are strong influence factors to the potential of Industry 4.0. On the other hand business process complexity has a negative influence.


Industry 4.0 Cyber physical systems Empirical research Business information systems Study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Schmidt
    • 2
    Email author
  • Michael Möhring
    • 1
  • Ralf-Christian Härting
    • 1
  • Christopher Reichstein
    • 1
  • Pascal Neumaier
    • 1
  • Philip Jozinović
    • 1
  1. 1.Business Information SystemsAalen UniversityAalenGermany
  2. 2.Business Information SystemsMunich University of Applied SciencesMunichGermany

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