This paper investigates the linkages between the reshoring of manufacturing to high cost countries and the adoption of technologies labeled Industry 4.0. Using a large database of reshoring initiatives to either the U.S. or Europe, results show that the adoption of technologies, such as robotics and three-dimensional printing, is relatively limited among reshoring companies, and often confined to reshoring strategies where the cost focus that originally motivated the relocation offshore is still retained. Reshoring firms with quality-oriented business strategies, and for which cost containment is not the top priority, engage in capital investment in new technologies mainly when they are involved in new product development.

Reshoring and industry 4.0: How often do they go together?

Ancarani, Alessandro
;
Di Mauro, Carmela
2018-01-01

Abstract

This paper investigates the linkages between the reshoring of manufacturing to high cost countries and the adoption of technologies labeled Industry 4.0. Using a large database of reshoring initiatives to either the U.S. or Europe, results show that the adoption of technologies, such as robotics and three-dimensional printing, is relatively limited among reshoring companies, and often confined to reshoring strategies where the cost focus that originally motivated the relocation offshore is still retained. Reshoring firms with quality-oriented business strategies, and for which cost containment is not the top priority, engage in capital investment in new technologies mainly when they are involved in new product development.
2018
3D printing; Automation; Industry 4.0; Reshoring; Strategy; Strategy and Management1409 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management; Electrical and Electronic Engineering
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Reshoring and Industry 4.0.pdf

solo gestori archivio

Tipologia: Versione Editoriale (PDF)
Dimensione 359.49 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
359.49 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11769/335622
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 81
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact