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The affordances of digital technologies for business processes integration

Gediminas Marcinkevicius (School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Mantas Vilkas (School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Article publication date: 23 March 2023

Issue publication date: 29 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Industry 4.0 brings new opportunities and challenges. This paper aims to focus on understanding how the affordances of digital technologies contribute to the integration of business processes in the context of Industry 4.0.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative case analysis is used to reveal the affordances of digital technologies for the integration of business processes. A manufacturing company, the producer of professional stainless-steel kitchens, which is known for the adoption of digital technologies, was selected for the research. Interviews, archival data and nonparticipant observation are the main data collection methods.

Findings

This study contributes to the general business process management field. Case analysis shows that digital technologies facilitate the integration of business processes, specifically certain affordances, such as accessing and updating, sharing and initiating.

Research limitations/implications

This study is of a single case and therefore has some limitations. Future research should focus on the analysis of more cases for a better understanding of business process integration in the context of Industry 4.0.

Practical implications

The results of this research will help business managers better understand the importance of the development and proper adaptation of digital technologies in an organization.

Originality/value

This research has a twofold contribution to the fields of business process management and business process integration. First, the authors reveal how digital technologies facilitate business processes management in the context of Industry 4.0; and second, the authors identify the main mechanisms through which digital technologies contribute to business process integration.

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Acknowledgements

This research has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 810318.

Citation

Marcinkevicius, G. and Vilkas, M. (2023), "The affordances of digital technologies for business processes integration", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 74-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSIT-06-2022-0149

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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