Learning Needs Determination for Industry 4.0 Maturity Development in Automotive Organisations in Slovakia

Andrea Sütőová, Ľubomír Šooš, Ferdinand Kóča


Purpose: This paper aims to present the results of the study focused on the assessment of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) maturity level and adoption level of Quality 4.0 (Q4.0) intelligent technologies in organisations operating in the automotive industry in Slovakia (OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers). The results serves as inputs for identification of learning and development needs.

Methodology/Approach: The background of the study was a literature review and quantitative research. The I4.0 maturity model published by PwC (2016) was used in the study, while dimension elements were adjusted to the specifics of the automotive industry.

Findings: Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers are in the early stages of I4.0 maturity and adoption of Q4.0 intelligent technologies. OEMs achieve the level of horizontal collaborators in most of the dimensions. Q4.0 intelligent technologies are mostly adopted at an average level. Further development of OEMs to achieve the level of digital champions requires new disruptive business models and a fully integrated partner ecosystem.

Research Limitation/Implication: The research is limited by the sample size and target levels of particular dimensions, related elements and Q4.0 intelligent technologies, which were not examined.

Originality/Value of paper: The results bring more in-depth insight into the current state of I4.0 maturity and Q4.0 technology adoption level of the automotive organisations in Slovakia. There is no evidence of the study examining holistically the I4.0 maturity and Q4.0 technologies in the automotive.


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Andrea Sütőová
andrea.sutoova@tuke.sk (Primary Contact)
Ľubomír Šooš
Ferdinand Kóča
Author Biography

Andrea Sütőová, Technical University of Košice Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling Institute of Materials and Quality Engineering Košice

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Sütőová, A., Šooš, Ľubomír, & Kóča, F. (2020). Learning Needs Determination for Industry 4.0 Maturity Development in Automotive Organisations in Slovakia. Quality Innovation Prosperity, 24(3), 122–139. https://doi.org/10.12776/qip.v24i3.1521
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