Exploring industry 4.0 technologies as drivers of lean and agile supply chain strategies

Ibrahim Oluwole Raji, Tommaso Rossi

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The present global competition is forcing companies to expand and connect their “internal improvement processes“ with “external customers and suppliers“. Ensuring success in the face of fierce competition requires careful adoption of Supply Chain (SC) strategies alongside innovative capabilities such as Industry 4.0 technologies to enable such SC strategies. To improve organization's competitiveness and performance, modern day businesses are exploring the integration of SC strategies. Lean and Agile are two critical strategies because the former ensures efficient use of resources while the latter involves matching supply with demand in turbulent/unpredictable markets. Several studies have considered integration of different strategies/paradigms and their associated impact on SC; however, few have considered how Industry 4.0 technologies could enable these SC strategies for improved performance. This study presents a conceptual model that matches various principles/practices of Lean and Agile SC with industry 4.0 technologies (as drivers) for overall performance improvement. The conceptual model provides a decision supporting tool for practitioners at identifying potential industry 4.0 technologies in the context of lean-agile by way of motivating them on specific pillars of industry 4.0 to adopt for specific lean-agile strategies in achieving overall organizational goals. Other managerial and theoretical implications of the work are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Toronto, Canada, October 23-25, 2019
PublisherIEOM Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781532359507
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event4th North American Conference on Industrial Engineering & Operations Management - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 23 Oct 201925 Oct 2019

Academic conference

Academic conference4th North American Conference on Industrial Engineering & Operations Management


  • Agile practice
  • Industry 4.0
  • Lean practice
  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain strategy


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