IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/gam/jsusta/v13y2021i18p10115-d632296.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Impact of Technological Innovation on Industry 4.0 Implementation and Sustainability: An Empirical Study on Malaysian Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Author

Listed:
  • Sreenivasan Jayashree

    (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya 63100, Malaysia)

  • Mohammad Nurul Hassan Reza

    (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya 63100, Malaysia)

  • Chinnasamy Agamudai Nambi Malarvizhi

    (Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya 63100, Malaysia)

  • Hesti Maheswari

    (Economic and Business Faculty, Pertamina University, South Jakarta 12220, Indonesia)

  • Zohre Hosseini

    (Sales and Marketing Department, Azarpakhsh Kerman Company, Kerman 63651, Iran)

  • Azilah Kasim

    (Langkawi International Tourism and Hospitality Research Centre, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok 06010, Malaysia)

Abstract

Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the pillars on which most of the economies worldwide rest. Without the support of qualified technological innovation, it will be very difficult for SMEs’ performance to improve and impossible for them to reach their sustainability goals. Small businesses should therefore be encouraged to embrace the next technological frontier, Industry 4.0 (I4.0). The main purpose of this research is to understand the relationship between the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies and sustainability goals, along with an analysis of how innovation characteristics make implementing I4.0 easier for small businesses. To answer the research questions and analyse the high complex data, this research performed a structural equation model by using AMOS software. The results indicated that technology innovation characteristics have a positive significant effect on I4.0 implementation and sustainability goals. However, effective implementation of I4.0 mediates between the relationship of innovation characteristics and sustainability goals, except observability. The implications of this research are that SMEs should develop effective I4.0, implement it, and build innovation characteristics to reach sustainability goals.

Suggested Citation

  • Sreenivasan Jayashree & Mohammad Nurul Hassan Reza & Chinnasamy Agamudai Nambi Malarvizhi & Hesti Maheswari & Zohre Hosseini & Azilah Kasim, 2021. "The Impact of Technological Innovation on Industry 4.0 Implementation and Sustainability: An Empirical Study on Malaysian Small and Medium Sized Enterprises," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 13(18), pages 1-23, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:13:y:2021:i:18:p:10115-:d:632296
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/18/10115/pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/13/18/10115/
    Download Restriction: no
    ---><---

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Ozlem Ayaz Arda & Erkan Bayraktar & Ekrem Tatoglu, 2019. "How do integrated quality and environmental management practices affect firm performance? Mediating roles of quality performance and environmental proactivity," Business Strategy and the Environment, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(1), pages 64-78, January.
    2. Sara Saberi & Mahtab Kouhizadeh & Joseph Sarkis & Lejia Shen, 2019. "Blockchain technology and its relationships to sustainable supply chain management," International Journal of Production Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 57(7), pages 2117-2135, April.
    3. Raj, Alok & Dwivedi, Gourav & Sharma, Ankit & Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Ana Beatriz & Rajak, Sonu, 2020. "Barriers to the adoption of industry 4.0 technologies in the manufacturing sector: An inter-country comparative perspective," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 224(C).
    4. Castellacci, Fulvio, 2008. "Technological paradigms, regimes and trajectories: Manufacturing and service industries in a new taxonomy of sectoral patterns of innovation," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(6-7), pages 978-994, July.
    5. Frank, Alejandro Germán & Cortimiglia, Marcelo Nogueira & Ribeiro, José Luis Duarte & Oliveira, Lindomar Subtil de, 2016. "The effect of innovation activities on innovation outputs in the Brazilian industry: Market-orientation vs. technology-acquisition strategies," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(3), pages 577-592.
    6. Stéphane J. G. Girod & Richard Whittington, 2017. "Reconfiguration, restructuring and firm performance: Dynamic capabilities and environmental dynamism," Strategic Management Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(5), pages 1121-1133, May.
    7. Guillermo Rodríguez-Abitia & Graciela Bribiesca-Correa, 2021. "Assessing Digital Transformation in Universities," Future Internet, MDPI, vol. 13(2), pages 1-16, February.
    8. Comin, D. & Hobijn, B., 2004. "Cross-country technology adoption: making the theories face the facts," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 39-83, January.
    9. Bożena Gajdzik & Sandra Grabowska & Sebastian Saniuk, 2021. "A Theoretical Framework for Industry 4.0 and Its Implementation with Selected Practical Schedules," Energies, MDPI, vol. 14(4), pages 1-24, February.
    10. Yadegaridehkordi, Elaheh & Hourmand, Mehdi & Nilashi, Mehrbakhsh & Shuib, Liyana & Ahani, Ali & Ibrahim, Othman, 2018. "Influence of big data adoption on manufacturing companies' performance: An integrated DEMATEL-ANFIS approach," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 137(C), pages 199-210.
    11. Bernat, Stefan & Karabag, Solmaz Filiz, 2019. "Strategic alignment of technology: Organising for technology upgrading in emerging economy firms," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 295-306.
    12. Dubey, Rameshwar & Gunasekaran, Angappa & Childe, Stephen J. & Papadopoulos, Thanos & Luo, Zongwei & Wamba, Samuel Fosso & Roubaud, David, 2019. "Can big data and predictive analytics improve social and environmental sustainability?," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 144(C), pages 534-545.
    13. Kurnia, Sherah & Choudrie, Jyoti & Mahbubur, Rahim Md & Alzougool, Basil, 2015. "E-commerce technology adoption: A Malaysian grocery SME retail sector study," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 68(9), pages 1906-1918.
    14. de Sousa Jabbour, Ana Beatriz Lopes & Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta & Foropon, Cyril & Godinho Filho, Moacir, 2018. "When titans meet – Can industry 4.0 revolutionise the environmentally-sustainable manufacturing wave? The role of critical success factors," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 132(C), pages 18-25.
    15. Schniederjans, Dara G., 2017. "Adoption of 3D-printing technologies in manufacturing: A survey analysis," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 183(PA), pages 287-298.
    16. Vasja Roblek & Maja Meško & Alojz Krapež, 2016. "A Complex View of Industry 4.0," SAGE Open, , vol. 6(2), pages 21582440166, June.
    17. Zhu, Qinghua & Sarkis, Joseph & Lai, Kee-hung, 2008. "Confirmation of a measurement model for green supply chain management practices implementation," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 261-273, February.
    18. Carla Gonçalves Machado & Mats Peter Winroth & Elias Hans Dener Ribeiro da Silva, 2020. "Sustainable manufacturing in Industry 4.0: an emerging research agenda," International Journal of Production Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 58(5), pages 1462-1484, March.
    19. Muhammad Haseeb & Hafezali Iqbal Hussain & Sebastian Kot & Armenia Androniceanu & Kittisak Jermsittiparsert, 2019. "Role of Social and Technological Challenges in Achieving a Sustainable Competitive Advantage and Sustainable Business Performance," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(14), pages 1-23, July.
    20. Randolph B. Cooper & Robert W. Zmud, 1990. "Information Technology Implementation Research: A Technological Diffusion Approach," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 36(2), pages 123-139, February.
    21. Siew, Eu-Gene & Rosli, Khairina & Yeow, Paul H.P., 2020. "Organizational and environmental influences in the adoption of computer-assisted audit tools and techniques (CAATTs) by audit firms in Malaysia," International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Elsevier, vol. 36(C).
    22. Parente, Stephen L & Prescott, Edward C, 1994. "Barriers to Technology Adoption and Development," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 102(2), pages 298-321, April.
    23. Eaton, Jonathan & Kortum, Samuel, 1999. "International Technology Diffusion: Theory and Measurement," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 40(3), pages 537-570, August.
    24. Ozusaglam, Serdal & Kesidou, Effie & Wong, Chee Yew, 2018. "Performance effects of complementarity between environmental management systems and environmental technologies," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 197(C), pages 112-122.
    25. Usman Musa Zakari Usman & Mohammad Nazir Ahmad & Nor Hidayati Zakaria, 2019. "The Determinants of Adoption of Cloud-Based ERP of Nigerian's SMES Manufacturing Sector Using Toe Framework and Doi Theory," International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems (IJEIS), IGI Global, vol. 15(3), pages 27-43, July.
    26. Katrin Oettmeier & Erik Hofmann, 2017. "Additive manufacturing technology adoption: an empirical analysis of general and supply chain-related determinants," Journal of Business Economics, Springer, vol. 87(1), pages 97-124, January.
    27. Singh, Sanjay Kumar & Giudice, Manlio Del & Chierici, Roberto & Graziano, Domenico, 2020. "Green innovation and environmental performance: The role of green transformational leadership and green human resource management," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 150(C).
    28. Yogesh K. Dwivedi & Nripendra P. Rana & Anand Jeyaraj & Marc Clement & Michael D. Williams, 2019. "Re-examining the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT): Towards a Revised Theoretical Model," Information Systems Frontiers, Springer, vol. 21(3), pages 719-734, June.
    29. Abdul Karim Feroz & Hangjung Zo & Ananth Chiravuri, 2021. "Digital Transformation and Environmental Sustainability: A Review and Research Agenda," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 13(3), pages 1-20, February.
    30. Riccardo Brozzi & David Forti & Erwin Rauch & Dominik T. Matt, 2020. "The Advantages of Industry 4.0 Applications for Sustainability: Results from a Sample of Manufacturing Companies," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(9), pages 1-19, May.
    31. Premkumar, G. & Roberts, Margaret, 1999. "Adoption of new information technologies in rural small businesses," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 467-484, August.
    32. Gary C. Moore & Izak Benbasat, 1991. "Development of an Instrument to Measure the Perceptions of Adopting an Information Technology Innovation," Information Systems Research, INFORMS, vol. 2(3), pages 192-222, September.
    33. Szymon Cyfert & Waldemar Glabiszewski & Maciej Zastempowski, 2021. "Impact of Management Tools Supporting Industry 4.0 on the Importance of CSR during COVID-19. Generation Z," Energies, MDPI, vol. 14(6), pages 1-13, March.
    34. Jing Yi Yong & Mohd‐Yusoff Yusliza & Thurasamy Ramayah & Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour & Simone Sehnem & Venkatesh Mani, 2020. "Pathways towards sustainability in manufacturing organizations: Empirical evidence on the role of green human resource management," Business Strategy and the Environment, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(1), pages 212-228, January.
    35. Gillani, Fatima & Chatha, Kamran Ali & Sadiq Jajja, Muhammad Shakeel & Farooq, Sami, 2020. "Implementation of digital manufacturing technologies: Antecedents and consequences," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 229(C).
    36. Agata Sudolska & Justyna Łapińska, 2020. "Exploring Determinants of Innovation Capability in Manufacturing Companies Operating in Poland," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(17), pages 1-21, August.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Piccarozzi, Michela & Silvestri, Cecilia & Aquilani, Barbara & Silvestri, Luca, 2022. "Is this a new story of the ‘Two Giants’? A systematic literature review of the relationship between industry 4.0, sustainability and its pillars," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 177(C).
    2. Alok Raj & Anand Jeyaraj, 2023. "Antecedents and consequents of industry 4.0 adoption using technology, organization and environment (TOE) framework: A meta-analysis," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 322(1), pages 101-124, March.
    3. Grzegorz Kinelski & Jakub Stęchły & Piotr Bartkowiak, 2022. "Various Facets of Sustainable Smart City Management: Selected Examples from Polish Metropolitan Areas," Energies, MDPI, vol. 15(9), pages 1-23, April.

    Most related items

    These are the items that most often cite the same works as this one and are cited by the same works as this one.
    1. Joan Torrent‐Sellens & Pilar Ficapal‐Cusí & Mihaela Enache‐Zegheru, 2023. "Boosting environmental management: The mediating role of Industry 4.0 between environmental assets and economic and social firm performance," Business Strategy and the Environment, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 32(1), pages 753-768, January.
    2. Dalenogare, Lucas Santos & Benitez, Guilherme Brittes & Ayala, Néstor Fabián & Frank, Alejandro Germán, 2018. "The expected contribution of Industry 4.0 technologies for industrial performance," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 204(C), pages 383-394.
    3. Piccarozzi, Michela & Silvestri, Cecilia & Aquilani, Barbara & Silvestri, Luca, 2022. "Is this a new story of the ‘Two Giants’? A systematic literature review of the relationship between industry 4.0, sustainability and its pillars," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 177(C).
    4. Li, Ying & Dai, Jing & Cui, Li, 2020. "The impact of digital technologies on economic and environmental performance in the context of industry 4.0: A moderated mediation model," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 229(C).
    5. Maloney, William F. & Valencia Caicedo, Felipe, 2014. "Engineers, Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas," IZA Discussion Papers 8271, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    6. Mercedes Úbeda‐García & Bartolome Marco‐Lajara & Patrocinio C. Zaragoza‐Sáez & Encarnación Manresa‐Marhuenda & Esther Poveda‐Pareja, 2022. "Green ambidexterity and environmental performance: The role of green human resources," Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 29(1), pages 32-45, January.
    7. Asterios Stroumpoulis & Evangelia Kopanaki & George Karaganis, 2021. "Examining the Relationship between Information Systems, Sustainable SCM, and Competitive Advantage," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 13(21), pages 1-21, October.
    8. Edwin Goni & William F. Maloney, 2014. "Why don’t Poor Countries do R&D?," Documentos CEDE 11947, Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Economía, CEDE.
    9. Santacreu, Ana Maria, 2015. "Innovation, diffusion, and trade: Theory and measurement," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 75(C), pages 1-20.
    10. Cugno, Monica & Castagnoli, Rebecca & Büchi, Giacomo, 2021. "Openness to Industry 4.0 and performance: The impact of barriers and incentives," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 168(C).
    11. Maryam Gallab & Hafida Bouloiz & Sekoun Abdoudrahamane Kebe & Mohamed Tkiouat, 2021. "Opportunities and challenges of the industry 4.0 in industrial companies: a survey on Moroccan firms," Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Springer;Associazione Amici di Economia e Politica Industriale, vol. 48(3), pages 413-439, September.
    12. Adriana Burlea-Schiopoiu & Muhammad Haroon Shoukat & Syed Asim Shah & Muhammad Shakil Ahmad & Mirela Mazilu, 2022. "The Sustainability of the Tobacco Industry in the Framework of Green Human Resources Management," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(9), pages 1-18, May.
    13. Rodríguez-Espíndola, Oscar & Chowdhury, Soumyadeb & Dey, Prasanta Kumar & Albores, Pavel & Emrouznejad, Ali, 2022. "Analysis of the adoption of emergent technologies for risk management in the era of digital manufacturing," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 178(C).
    14. Abdullah Tirgil & Derya Fındık, 2023. "How Does Awareness Toward the Industry 4.0 Applications Affect Firms' Financial and Innovation Performance?," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer;Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET), vol. 14(2), pages 1900-1922, June.
    15. Su, Dan & Zhang, Lijun & Peng, Hua & Saeidi, Parvaneh & Tirkolaee, Erfan Babaee, 2023. "Technical challenges of blockchain technology for sustainable manufacturing paradigm in Industry 4.0 era using a fuzzy decision support system," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 188(C).
    16. Jonathan Skinner & Douglas Staiger, 2015. "Technology Diffusion and Productivity Growth in Health Care," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 97(5), pages 951-964, December.
    17. Radosław Miśkiewicz & Radosław Wolniak, 2020. "Practical Application of the Industry 4.0 Concept in a Steel Company," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 12(14), pages 1-21, July.
    18. William F. Maloney & Felipe Valencia Caicedo, 2017. "Engineering Growth: Innovative Capacity and Development in the Americas," CESifo Working Paper Series 6339, CESifo.
    19. Usama Awan & Robert Sroufe & Karoly Bozan, 2022. "Designing Value Chains for Industry 4.0 and a Circular Economy: A Review of the Literature," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 14(12), pages 1-20, June.
    20. Duan, Wenqi & Khurshid, Adnan & Khan, Khalid & Calin, Adrian Cantemir, 2024. "Transforming industry: Investigating 4.0 technologies for sustainable product evolution in china through a novel fuzzy three-way decision-making process," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 200(C).

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:13:y:2021:i:18:p:10115-:d:632296. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a bibliographic reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: MDPI Indexing Manager (email available below). General contact details of provider: https://www.mdpi.com .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.