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dc.contributor.authorThomas, Andrew J.
dc.contributor.authorHaven-Tang, Claire
dc.contributor.authorBarton, Richard
dc.contributor.authorMason-Jones, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorFrancis, Mark
dc.contributor.authorByard, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-12T15:12:48Z
dc.date.available2018-12-12T15:12:48Z
dc.date.issued2018-12-10
dc.identifier.citationThomas, A.; Haven-Tang, C.; Barton, R.; Mason-Jones, R.; Francis, M.; Byard, P. (2018) 'Smart Systems Implementation in UK Food Manufacturing Companies: A Sustainability Perspective', Sustainability, 10 (12), 4693. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124693en_US
dc.identifier.issn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/10185
dc.descriptionArticle published in Sustainability, available open access at https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124693en_US
dc.description.abstractThe UK food industry faces significant challenges to remain sustainable. With major challenges, such as Brexit, on the horizon, companies can no longer rely on a low labour cost workforce to maintain low production costs and achieve economic sustainability. Smart Systems (SS) is being seen as an approach towards achieving significant improvements in both economic and environmental sustainability. However, there is little evidence to indicate whether UK food companies are prepared for the implementation of such systems. The purpose of this research is to explore the applicability of Smart Systems in UK food manufacturing companies, and to identify the key priority areas and improvement levers for the implementation of such systems. A triangulated primary research approach is adopted that includes a questionnaire, follow-up interviews, and visits to 32 food manufacturing companies in the UK. The questionnaire and interviews are guided by a unique measuring instrument that the authors developed that focusses upon SS technologies and systems. This paper makes an original contribution in that it is one of the few academic studies to explore the implementation of SS in the industry, and provides a new perspective on the key drivers and inhibitors of its implementation. The findings suggest that the current turbulence in the industry could be bringing food companies closer to the adoption of such systems; hence, it is a good time to define and develop the optimum SS implementation strategy.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSustainability;
dc.subjectfood manufacturingen_US
dc.subjectdigital huben_US
dc.subjectsurveyen_US
dc.titleSmart Systems Implementation in UK Food Manufacturing Companies: A Sustainability Perspectiveen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/su10124693
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-12-06
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionVoRen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-12-12
dc.date.refFCD2018-12-12
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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