Riflessioni sulle scienze manageriali nell’era dell’“Industria 4.0”

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Industry 4.0 is commonly considered the “Fourth industrial revolution” in manufacturing and, more generally, in the economic systems. Industry 4.0 is a result of a mix of technological innovations (robots, digital systems, 3D-printers, simulation models, augmented reality and so on) that make possible the real-time interconnectivity among different processes, firms and supply chains. Despite the considerable attention awarded to this theme, the potential impact of the new paradigm of Industry 4.0 on the traditional managerial studies have not been sufficiently highlighted. Starting from this premise, the present paper tries to bridge this gap, providing an academic dissertation about the Industry 4.0 issues and their relationship between the most important theoretical frameworks in the managerial science (e.g. economies of scale, services/manufacturing, globalization strategies, networks). This contribution presents some valuable research implications mainly useful for researchers and academics, but also for professionals and public makers.