Vol. 16 No. 2 (2019): June, 2019

Introduction to Special Edition: Innovation, Technology Management and Industry 4.0

Iara Tammela1

Innovation has been widely recognized as an important mechanism for competitiveness, especially in dynamic economies, where organizations need to respond rapidly to even more changing demands. Diverse studies have registered the increase in companies’ competitive capacity, financial return, economic prosperity (in business and national environments), generation of value for customer, and increment in productive capacity (among many others) as a result of the launch of innovations in markets. Innovation, in this sense, can be understood as an important competitive differential for large, medium and small enterprises.

Therefore, innovation lays the foundations for the strategic transformation of business and organisations. Technology management involves the selection, design, implementation and operation of key technology-enabled processes, products, infrastructures and technology-driven knowledge and tools to provide the basis for the creation of competitivity. In this sense, companies will have to develop their capabilities to accumulate innovative technologies faster than their competitors.

Ever since the beginning of industrialization, technological leaps have led to paradigm shifts in the field of mechanization, of the intensive use of electrical energy, and of the widespread digitalization. The advent of Industry 4.0 implies new paradigms regarding most managerial approaches and challenges motivated by the growing pace of technological innovation and management.

Although Industry 4.0 can be considered a well-known term, there are others used to present this same type of manufacturing system, such as advanced manufacturing, smart industry or smart factories, smart manufacturing, the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), networking manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing, industrial Internet and so on. This new paradigm is based on digital factories, with the capacity of combining information technologies and machines with smart products

In this scenario, the development of Industry 4.0 seeks to achieve a high level of operational efficiency, productivity, and automation of production systems, and to accomplish this goal enterprises need to improve their knowledge-based systems, and information integration, innovation and technology management.

When proposing this special issue, our aim was to invite scholars to engage in this debate and connect with authors and literature internationally developed. This Special issue aims to contribute to the body of knowledge on innovation and technological management and their impact on Industry 4.0 development within the companies in the fast changing 21st century.

These papers were submitted to double blinded review and after all the revisions, the edition counts fifteen papers in total. The papers accepted to provide interesting insights in terms of trends and opportunities on the three main areas highlighted in our call for papers: Innovation, Technology Management and Industry 4.0. Among the papers approved, there were mostly the use of internationally recognized theories towards Industry 4.0, cases of Industry 4.0 applications, as well as cases of innovation and improvements in companies’ competitiveness after promoting technological management. Moreover, it is interesting the number of articles discussing and presenting the theory and systematic literature review of Industry 4.0, its application, blockchain technology applications and perspectives, and Design Science in Operations Management, focusing on innovation and technologic management applications. The edition contemplates discussion on innovation in Brazilian companies, and some perspectives of the Brazilian Innovation Award Instrument, as well as the Innovation capability maturity in non-R&D performers.

It is hoped that these fifteen papers add to the emerging debate on innovation, technology management and Industry 4.0 not only in the Brazilian academy, but worldwide. The generous contribution of all reviewers involved in this special effort is acknowledged, and thanks must be given to the Brazilian Journal of Operations and Production Management (BJO&PM) for the opportunity of running an issue dedicated to such relevant topics. 

Enjoy the reading!

1Doctor in Production Engineering from COPPE at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ). Professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Instituto de Ciência e Tecnologia - Rua Recife s/n, Jardim Bela Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brasil – CEP 28895-532. E-mail: iaratammela@id.uff.br

Published: 2019-06-02


  • Theoretical proposal of steps for the implementation of the Industry 4.0 concept

    Gabrielly Araújo Cordeiro, Robert Eduardo Cooper Ordóñez, Rodrigo Ferro
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a1
  • Towards Supply Chain Management 4.0

    Enzo Morosini Frazzon, Carlos Manuel Taboada Rodriguez, Marina Meireles Pereira, Matheus Cardoso Pires, Iracyanne Uhlmann
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a2
  • Understanding Industry 4.0: Definitions and insights from a cognitive map analysis

    Guilherme Brittes Benitez, Mateus José do Rêgo Ferreira Lima, Laura Visintainer Lerman, Alejandro Germán Frank
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a3
  • The Brazilian Innovation Award: Analysis of assessment instrument validity and reliability

    Jamile Eleutério Delesposte, Mariana de Oliveira Vale Coutinho, Ramon Baptista Narcizo, Rodolfo Cardoso, Carlos Eduardo Lopes da Silva
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a4
  • Innovation capability maturity in non-R&D performers: a reference model

    Ramon Baptista Narcizo, Alberto Gabbay Canen, Iara Tammela, Rodolfo Cardoso, Jamile Eleutério Delesposte
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a5
  • Design principles for research & development performance measurement systems: a systematic literature review

    Andre Ribeiro de Oliveira, Adriano Proença
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a6
  • Strategic alliance between information intensive services and supply chain integration: impact on firm performance

    Supriyo Roy, Biswajit Satpathy
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a7
  • Digital Manufacturing Tools in the Simulation of Collaborative Robots: Towards Industry 4.0

    Fábio Lima, Caroline Nogueira de Carvalho, Mayara B. S. Acardi, Eldiane Gomes dos Santos, Gabriel Bastos de Miranda, Rodrigo Filev Maia, Alexandre Augusto Massote
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a8
  • Blockchain Based MFA Solution: the use of hydro raindrop MFA for information security on WordPress websites

    João Antonio Aparecido Cardoso, Felipe Takeshi Ishizu, Jeferson Tadeu de Lima, Jefferson de Souza Pinto
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a9
  • Blockchain in manufacturing revolution based on machine to machine transaction: a systematic review

    Geraldo Dolce Martins, Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves, Benedito Cristiano Petroni
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a10
  • Makerspace for skills development in the industry 4.0 era

    Eduardo Ferro dos Santos, Paul Benneworth
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a11
  • Hybrid project management for sociotechnical digital transformation context

    Adriane Monteiro Cavalieri Barbosa, Manoel Carlos Pego Saisse
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a12
  • Design science in operations management: conceptual foundations and literature analysis

    Aline Dresch, Daniel Pacheco Lacerda, Paulo Augusto Cauchick-Miguel
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a13
  • Using multicriteria analysis and fuzzy logic for project portfolio management

    Andrezza de Oliveira Agápito, Marcilene de Fátima Dianin Vianna, Patrick B. Moratori, Dalessandro Soares Vianna, Edwin Benito Mitacc Meza, Italo de Oliveira Matias
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a14
  • Evaluation of total oil and grease with flow control for mature oil fields in the context of industry 4.0

    Juracy Leandro do Nascimento, Alessandro Copetti, Luciano Bertini, Patrick Barbosa Moratori, Mário Cesar Mello Massa de Campos
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2019.v16.n2.a15