Digital innovation and Industry 4.0 for global value chain resilience: Lessons learned and ways forward

John Dilyard, Shasha Zhao*, Jacqueline Jing You

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This perspective article highlights some major implications of the recent pandemic (Covid-19) on global value chains (GVCs) and how the pandemic can accelerate the adoption of digital and Industry 4.0 technologies in GVCs, with attention paid to multinational enterprises and small-medium enterprises. Particularly, it discusses the potential value of digital technologies in enhancing GVC resilience for better mitigation of disruptions caused by future global shocks. It also proposes useful avenues for future policy considerations to support and direct deployment of digital technologies across key stakeholders in GVCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-584
Number of pages8
JournalThunderbird International Business Review
Issue number5
Early online date16 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021

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  • digital innovation
  • global value chain
  • Industry 4.0
  • MNE
  • pandemic
  • SME

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