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Lean supply chain management and Industry 4.0 interrelationships: the status quo and future perspectives

Asmae El Jaouhari (Laboratory of Technologies and Industrial Services, Higher School of Technology, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco)
Jabir Arif (Laboratory of Technologies and Industrial Services, Higher School of Technology, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco and Laboratory of Modeling and Optimization of Industrial Systems and Logistics, National School of Applied Sciences of Tangier, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tanger, Morocco)
Soumaya Fellaki (Laboratory of Technologies and Industrial Services, Higher School of Technology, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco)
Mohamed Amejwal (Laboratory of Technologies and Industrial Services, Higher School of Technology, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco)
Khaoula Azzouz (Laboratory of System Information and Software Engineering, National School of Applied Sciences of Tangier, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tanger, Morocco)

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

Article publication date: 8 July 2022

Issue publication date: 28 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to address Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies that can improve the research and implementation of lean supply chain management (LSCM) and the enhanced LSCM subfields in I4.0 technologies.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a systematic literature review to detect, categorize and assess recent data, highlighting patterns and providing suggestions for potential research in this field, to investigate I4.0 literature and its effect on LSCM. The authors examined 79 published types of research from the Scopus database that were published between 2010 and 2021 and classified them into four LSCM fields: logistics, production, supply chain and marketing.

Findings

The authors can emphasize the fact that the literature on this topic is in progress, from early German academic research to the current creation of new effects around the world. The majority of the potential effects investigated were discovered to improve specific areas that ultimately enhance the practices of the four LSCM domains as well as performance outcomes. The authors were also able to assess the extent to which present and upcoming I4.0 technologies can improve LSCM research and implementation.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study of its kind. Although some research looked into various areas of I4.0 and LSCM topics, there has been no research specifically looking into the impact of I4.0 on LSCM. The originality of this study lies in the treatment of the main fields and sub-fields of LSCM, which can benefit from the technologies of I4.0. Academic scholars interested in the research topics may benefit from the findings of this study. Organizations in various industrial sectors, particularly manufacturing, where lean thinking is used, business professionals specialized in lean operations and supply chain management, along with anyone else who wants to learn more about the interrelationships between I4.0 and LSCM.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the editor and reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions that have improved this study.

Citation

El Jaouhari, A., Arif, J., Fellaki, S., Amejwal, M. and Azzouz, K. (2023), "Lean supply chain management and Industry 4.0 interrelationships: the status quo and future perspectives", International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 335-367. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLSS-11-2021-0192

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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