The link between Industry 4.0 and lean manufacturing: mapping current research and establishing a research agenda

Sven Vegard Buer, Jan Ola Strandhagen, Tung Sun Chan

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In recent years, Industry 4.0 has emerged as one of the most discussed concepts and has gained significant popularity in both academia and the industrial sector. Both Industry 4.0 and lean manufacturing utilise decentralised control and aim to increase productivity and flexibility. However, there have been few studies investigating the link between these two domains. This article explores this novel area and maps the current literature. This is achieved through a systematic literature review methodology, investigating literature published up to and including August 2017. This article identifies four main research streams concerning the link between Industry 4.0 and lean manufacturing, and a research agenda for future studies is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2924-2940
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2018


  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of things
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Literature review
  • Smart manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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