Industry 4.0: Design, Challenges and Impacts

Recognised as the next wave of industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 represents a new way of understanding and organising the relationship between people, information and technology. Its advocates believe that, in the short term, Industry 4.0 can reshape the balance of the global economy by shifting power from traditional economies to more independent and local entities. Governments around the world are forming task-forces to exploit the opportunities that this new wave of industrial change can offer to their economy.
Interconnectivity is a core attribute of Industry 4.0 where a robust exchange of real-time information across a wide range of sources enables a heterogeneous network of technological artifacts to make local decisions about their operation. This implies that human agents will no longer be required to play their traditional role of analysing and interpreting data. However, as information is at the heart of this enterprise, the expansion and development of Industry 4.0 creates opportunities and challenges for Information Systems (IS) research.
There is a clear need for a critical approach to this emergent phenomenon. Industry 4.0, and its relation to IS, lacks solid theoretical grounding and related research based on empirical evidence is still very limited. It becomes imperative to interrogate how this new wave of industrial revolution may influence the relationship between some of the major constituents of information systems including organisations, people, information, and technology. As IS researchers we need to address questions such as: what is the potential of Industry 4.0 to change organisational forms and decisions-making? does our current IS toolkit, theoretical and methodological, enable us to study and understand the relations between IS and Industry 4.0 appropriately?
This track invites papers covering a broad range of topics related to the intersection of IS and Industry 4.0. We invite research offering fresh theoretical perspectives and novel empirical insights on how the new wave of industrial revolution is changing IS. We also invite studies that focus on different contexts of Industry 4.0, examining both positive and negative consequences. We welcome research that uses a variety of methods. We especially encourage research that reaches out beyond IS theories, drawing on multiple reference disciplines, to present new and intriguing perspectives on the transformative impact of Industry 4.0.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Industry 4.0 and theories about digital transformation
  • Leadership in an interconnected and blended environment
  • Interconnectivity-enabled business models
  • Networked workplace and collaborative technologies
  • Methods for understanding dimensions of Industry 4.0 (e.g. design science approaches)
  • Critical perspectives on Industry 4.0 (e.g. Technostress).
  • Intersection of Industry 4.0 and culture/gender/generations
  • Use of Industry 4.0 during crisis situations
  • Industry 4.0 and organisational resilience and disruption
  • Industry 4.0 security and preparedness
  • Complexity and Socio-Technical approaches to Industry 4.0
  • Business analytics and big data for understanding implications of Industry 4.0 complexities
  • Ethics of Industry 4.0
  • Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • Cyber-Physical system architecture
  • Security and privacy for Industry 4.0
  • Internet of Services and Industry 4.0
  • Blockchain and Industry 4.0
  • Emerging methodologies for understanding Industry 4.0
  • Applications of Industry 4.0 in novel and interesting domains

Publication of Papers

The track Chairs have arranged to publish a special section of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems (AJIS) on the theme of Industry 4.0. Authors of selected papers from the conference will be invited to submit revised and expanded versions of their conference papers.

Track Chairs

Hamid Pousti
Swinburne University
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Michael Sheng
Macquarie University
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Axel Korthaus
Swinburne University
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