Achievements and Opportunities of Digitalization in Productivity Management

  • Tim JeskeEmail author
  • Marlene Würfels
  • Frank Lennings
  • Marc-André Weber
  • Sascha Stowasser
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1207)


Digitalization changes the handling of data and information by offering new and extended opportunities for collecting, transferring, evaluating and exploiting information. This allows increases in effectiveness and efficiency and also opens new opportunities for productivity management. To analyze how these opportunities are used in the German industry and which potential for further development is estimated, the Institute of Applied Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics conducted an online survey querying specialists and managers in the year 2019. Partial results for the German metal and electrical industry are described and discussed in this contribution. They prove the increasing use of digitalization and the related expectations within this significant industrial branch.


Digitalization Productivity management Human factors 



The presented results were elaborated in the research project “TransWork – Transformation of Labor by Digitalization”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the “Innovations for Tomorrow’s Production, Services, and Work” Program (funding number 02L15A164) and implemented by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). The authors are responsible for the content of this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Jeske
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marlene Würfels
    • 1
  • Frank Lennings
    • 1
  • Marc-André Weber
    • 2
  • Sascha Stowasser
    • 1
  1. 1.ifaa – Institute of Applied Industrial Engineering and ErgonomicsDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of Management Studies, Institute for Supply Chain and Operations ManagementKiel University of Applied SciencesKielGermany

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