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International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience
International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience


Special Issue on: "Internet of Things, Big Data and Industry 4.0: Transformation and Resilience Strategies in Supply Chains and Operations"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Samuel Fosso Wamba, Toulouse Business School, France
Dr. Sudhanshu Joshi, Doon University, India
Prof. Surya Prasath, University of Missouri, USA

Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, has attracted much attention in recent literature. It is closely related to the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber physical system (CPS), information and communications technology (ICT), enterprise architecture (EA) and enterprise integration (EI). Despite of the dynamic nature of the research on Industry 4.0, a systematic and extensive review of recent research in the domain, particularly in the resilience strategies, is not at present available. It is assumed that intelligent factories will largely have the ability to self-plan and self-adapt. The existence of a complete digital product model, together with the methods of manufacture and intelligent factories with real representation in networked cyber physical systems, are key conditions for the success of the “Fourth Revolution”. During the transformation stage, firms are formulating strategies towards resilience of technology and obsolescence risk, market risk and business risk.

The consequence of developing the Internet of Things and big data (digital twins) is the conception of Industry 4.0. The third industrial revolution, based on the computerization of business processes and information technology supporting manufacturing, has moved into a fourth wave, which has begun to be dominated by intelligent (smart) products, 3D printers and autonomous vehicles. The term “Industry 4.0” refers to the fourth industrial revolution. The first was related to the mechanization of production through steam engines; the second to the introduction of mass production due to electricity; the third to the use of IT and electronic controllers for further automation.

The term Industry 4.0 was first used in 2011. It is expected that the realization of this vision may take 10-20 years. The “Fourth Revolution” will use digital product models, which will be formed to a large degree in compliance with the requirements of customers, and which will be produced in smart factories. Today, the vast majority of businesses, including logistics companies, are determined to implement product, technical, technological and organizational innovation. Enterprises are focused on creating value for customers, who are becoming more aware and demanding in terms of increased customer requirements relating to lead time delivery services, product availability and reliability. The newest solutions – such as Internet of Things, big data and Industry 4.0 – create opportunities to meet the needs of customers and also contribute to the development of logistics and supply chains management. Both academics and practitioners predict significant efficiency and responsiveness gains through digital integration across the supply chains.

The aim of this special issue is to present new trends and critically analyse the impact of Industry 4.0 on overall supply chains and on how firms are instrumenting their business strategies to take competitive advantage through digital twins.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Big data and Industry 4.0 strategy
  • Application of big data technology in knowledge transfer in the Industry 4.0 context
  • Process planning in the Industry 4.0 environment
  • Industry 4.0: service innovation, smart analytics and big data environment
  • Resilience strategies during implementation of Industry 4.0
  • Knowledge management and Industry 4.0
  • Lean practices under Industry 4.0: sustainable supply chain capabilities
  • Operations transformation processes and resilience strategies
  • Industrial technology and application of IoT and big data: decision making issues
  • Servitization in the Industry 4.0 era: strategic issues and practices
  • Advanced manufacturing, cyber-physical systems: strategic perspective
  • Industry 4.0: research agenda for cross-border sustainable business models

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editors:
Prof. Samuel Fosso Wamba:
Dr. Sudhanshu Joshi:
Prof. Surya Prasath :

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 30 July, 2018