Department of Business Development and Technology

Balancing Digital Maturity and Operational Performance: Progressing in a Low-digital SME Manufacturing Setting

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The purpose of this article is to develop a conceptual approach for SMEs to balance digital initiatives between digital maturity progression and operational performance benefits. Research shows that it is vital that companies digitalize their operations to remain competitive, yet SMEs are far behind with implementing digital initiatives. Therefore, this paper conducts a critical review of existing literature on digital maturity that highlights the need for a more pragmatic approach for SMEs. From this, an initial framework, that seeks to assist SMEs in prioritizing digital initiatives, is developed and tested on a single Danish SME. The model offers a pragmatic way of assessing digitalization projects in terms of digital maturity progression and operational performance effects. Future work should focus on testing the framework on more cases, alignment with additional literature and refine the assessment of operational performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year18 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021

    Research areas

  • Digitalization, Industry 4.0, Digital Maturity, Operational performance

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