Becoming Digital – Instruments for SME

  • Holger Heppner
  • Katharina Schlicher
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


The developments of “Industrie 4.0” are a special challenge for small and medium sized enterprises (SME). Within the interdisciplinary, application-oriented joint project “INLUMIA” psychologists and engineers compile instruments, which can be used by SME to identify their individual current developmental state of digitization, choose fitting technologies and implement them in an employee oriented way. From a socio-technical standpoint different aspects of the dimensions “technology”, “business” and “personnel” are considered to construct a comprehensive overview. The overall technological developmental state and the use of technique in production and engineering, the business model and business strategy as well as work design, qualification measures and internal communications are analyzed. Using organizational and demographical features enterprises are classified, so the developmental state of digitization can be compared to those of similar enterprises. The joint project between 11 partners is financed by the European Regional Development Fund NRW (EFRE.NRW) with a runtime of 3 years.


Digitization SME Socio-technical systems Industrie 4.0 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Work and Organizational PsychologyBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany

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