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The impact of digital technologies on the value creation of companies in the manufacturing industry

: Kress, Peter

Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 2018, XI, 332 pp.
Logistik und Informationstechnologien. Schriftenreihe, 5
ISBN: 978-3-8396-1400-6
Fraunhofer IIS ()
manufacturing industry; business innovation; business application; computer networking & communication; Business Ecosystem; business model; case study research; Digitalization; Industrial-Internet-of-Things; platform economy; manufacturing operations managers; Produktionsleiter; innovation managers; Innovationsmanager; manufacturing IT managers; Produktions-IT-Manager; business model researchers; Geschäftsmodellforscher

This research answers following research question: "How do digital technologies impact value creation of companies in the manufacturing industry?" Therefore, the key digital technologies that impact companies in the manufacturing industry have been identified by a systematic literature review. In the following, a focus was set on the value creation of companies in the manufacturing industry. A defining feature of the digital transformation is that networks of firms, instead of individual firms, are competing with each other. Thus, the author of this work created a role model with key cooperation partners of companies in the manufacturing industry by application of grounded theory.
Platforms that leverage the digital technology Internet-of-Things (IoT), have the potential to profoundly change the manufacturing industry by disrupting established and enabling new business models. Therefore, the value creation in Industrial-Internet-of-Things (IIoT) platform business models was investigated by the creation of a multiple case study of ten IIoT platform offerings. Thereby, the business model construct has been applied as structuring frame for the investigation. Value creation sources of business models (Novelty, Lock-in, Complementarities and Efficiency) have been identified for IIoT platforms.