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Quantum-inspired computing technology in operations and logistics management

Miguel Núñez-Merino (Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain) (CoE Data Intelligence, Fujitsu, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain)
Juan Manuel Maqueira-Marín (Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain)
José Moyano-Fuentes (Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, University of Jaén, Jaén, Spain)
Carlos Alberto Castaño-Moraga (CoE Data Intelligence, Fujitsu, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 6 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and disseminate knowledge about quantum-inspired computing technology's potential to solve complex challenges faced by the operational agility capability in Industry 4.0 manufacturing and logistics operations.

Design/methodology/approach

A multi-case study approach is used to determine the impact of quantum-inspired computing technology in manufacturing and logistics processes from the supplier perspective. A literature review provides the basis for a framework to identify a set of flexibility and agility operational capabilities enabled by Industry 4.0 Information and Digital Technologies. The use cases are analyzed in depth, first individually and then jointly.

Findings

Study results suggest that quantum-inspired computing technology has the potential to harness and boost companies' operational flexibility to enhance operational agility in manufacturing and logistics operations management, particularly in the Industry 4.0 context. An exploratory model is proposed to explain the relationships between quantum-inspired computing technology and the deployment of operational agility capabilities.

Originality/value

This is study explores the use of quantum-inspired computing technology in Industry 4.0 operations management and contributes to understanding its potential to enable operational agility capability in manufacturing and logistics operations.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Research Project PID2019-106577GB-I00 of MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033), the Andalusian Plan for Research, the University of Jaen’s Plan for Transfer, Employability and Entrepreneurship 2020, and Fujitsu.

Citation

Núñez-Merino, M., Maqueira-Marín, J.M., Moyano-Fuentes, J. and Castaño-Moraga, C.A. (2024), "Quantum-inspired computing technology in operations and logistics management", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-02-2023-0065

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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