Enabling Technologies of Industry 4.0 and Their Global Forerunners: An Empirical Study of the Web of Science Database

Mikkel Stein Knudsen, Jari Kaivo-Oja, Theresa Lauraeus

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Knowledge management in organizations brings many benefits for R&D operations of companies and corporations. This empirical study demonstrates the power of large database analyses for industrial strategies and policy. The study is based on the Web of Science database (Core Collection, ISI) and provides an overview of the core enabling technologies of Industry 4.0, as well as the countries and regions at the forefront of the academic landscape within these technologies. The core technologies and technologies of Industry 4.0 and Manufacturing 4.0 are: (1) Internet of Things and related technologies (2) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), (3) Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), and (4) ubiquitous computing. It also covers (5) Cloud computing technologies, including (6) Virtualization and (7) Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS), and new (8) Cyber-physical systems, such as (9) Digital Twin-technology and (10) Smart & Connected Communities. Finally, important for the manufacturing integration Industry 4.0 enabling technologies are (11) Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), (12) Business Process Management (BPM), and (13) Information Integration and Interoperability. All these key technologies and technology drivers were analysed in this empirical demonstration of knowledge management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge Management in Organizations : 14th International Conference, KMO 2019
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-21451-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-21450-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science


  • Industry 4.0
  • Technology foresight
  • Web of science


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