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A bibliometric analysis and systematic literature review of industry 4.0 implementation in supply chain

Sravani Jetty (Department of Operations and IT, ICFAI Business School (A Constituent of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education), Hyderabad, India)
Nikhat Afshan (Department of Operations and IT, ICFAI Business School (A Constituent of ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education), Hyderabad, India)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 21 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to provide a bibliometric analysis and systematic literature review of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) research in the supply chain (SC) area and to understand related contemporary research trends. I4.0 has the potential to change the way goods are manufactured, distributed and made available to customers through the digitalisation of SC. Although I4.0 originated in 2011 in Germany, its application in managing the SC has only recently started gaining momentum. Therefore, it is essential to understand the research progress and identify the current trends of I4.0 application in the SC field.

Design/methodology/approach

A bibliometric analysis was conducted to empirically analyse the literature related to I4.0 implementation in the SC. This study retrieved papers from the Scopus database, reviewing 1,155 articles from the period 2016 to 2023 (November) for bibliometric analysis. Bibliometrix, using R software, was used for the bibliometric analysis, and VOSviewer was used for network analysis.

Findings

The findings provide an overview of the most relevant journals, most productive scholars, top academic institutions and top countries contributing to I4.0 research in the SC context. The results show that the most recent research contributions are related to the topics of SC performance, sustainability, digitalisation and digital transformation. Furthermore, a detailed review of articles published in the three and above-rated journals in the Chartered Association of Business Schools list is presented.

Originality/value

The novelty of this study lies in identifying the current research trends and themes of I4.0 research in the SC area. This research benefits researchers by identifying potential research areas for I4.0 implementation in the SC and providing directions for future research.

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Citation

Jetty, S. and Afshan, N. (2024), "A bibliometric analysis and systematic literature review of industry 4.0 implementation in supply chain", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-07-2023-0112

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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