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What is Quality 4.0? An exploratory sequential mixed methods study of Italian manufacturing companies

Chiarini, Andrea and Kumar, Maneesh 2021. What is Quality 4.0? An exploratory sequential mixed methods study of Italian manufacturing companies. International Journal of Production Research 10.1080/00207543.2021.1942285
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The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the scientific debate on Quality 4.0 by exploring the main theoretical themes underpinning the Quality 4.0 model and how the model may be developed. An exploratory sequential mixed methods design was employed to study two different samples of Italian manufacturing companies over two phases. For each sample, a different questionnaire was distributed to the companies’ quality managers. As a result, eleven themes were elicited and tested. These themes are related to model development, top management, process mapping, data collection and integration with the enterprise resource planning system, use of artificial intelligence software, machine-to-machine data communication, product identification and traceability, document control and digital skills for quality control staff. A theoretical model for Q4.0 is proposed that encapsulates eleven themes of Q4.0 across three categories- people, process, and technology. Results could be particularly helpful for practitioners who may use them as a guideline for implementing and developing Quality 4.0 in a typical Industry 4.0 environment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0020-7543
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 July 2021
Date of Acceptance: 6 June 2021
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 05:14

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