Research Paper

Industry 4.0 is coming: Is digital adoption a new mechanism linking entrepreneurial ambition to business performance? Research Paper No 72

ERC Research Paper No 72

Associated Themes
  • Productivity and performance

The advent of Industry 4.0 emphasises the potential importance of digital adoption for sustained competitiveness. Here, based on new survey data for over 9,000 firms in the UK, Ireland and USA we consider whether digital adoption provides a new mechanism through which firms’ growth ambition is realised. Our analysis emphasises the commonality of factors linked to adoption in each of the three countries. Four key conclusions emerge.