SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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In dis tree – 4 what?
Teresa Hattingh, Dieter Hartmann

Last modified: 2018-10-17


The 4th industrial revolution has become a popular topic in nearly every industry in South Africa.  But what exactly does everyone mean by this revolution and what is the potential impact on South African companies?  This paper presents a framework that considers the history and purpose of the fourth industrial revolution and compares this to the context, trends and needs of manufacturing organisations in South Africa.  The paper then presents thoughts on how best to integrate the benefits that can be achieved with an internationally oriented view of industrial development while being sensitive to the implications in a local context.