Industry 4.0 manages business as adaptive systems increasing customer orientation, productivity and quality. It has to be considered that the Unicist Theory preceded the existence of the Industry 4.0 concept. It was developed to understand the evolution of adaptive entities and to manage adaptive systems and environments.
The Unicist Approach became mature when the hard technologies allowed developing adaptive industrial processes and gave birth to Industry 4.0. If you are not aware of the concept of Industry 4.0, you can begin by entering the Wikipedia at:
Industry 4.0, as a concept, can be synthetically defined as the “revolution of adaptive business processes”. Adaptability requires managing the concepts of the business functions in order to be able to integrate different people, technologies, processes, systems, objects and tools.
Adaptability requires managing the concepts and fundamentals of the business functions which allow managing the root causes of market behavior, the root causes of businesses processes and the root causes of industrial processes to ensure customer satisfaction, productivity and quality.
The following technologies are part of Industry 4.0:
- Unicist Business Strategy: To develop maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure profits.
- Unicist Conceptual Management: To manage businesses as adaptive systems and organize using business objects.
- Unicist Root Cause Management: To manage the root causes of business problems based on the knowledge of the fundamentals of the business functions.
- Unicist Root Cause Marketing: to expand markets based on the management of the root causes of buying processes.
As the previous industrial revolutions, Industry 4.0 will coexist with the previous stages, providing a significant competitive advantage for those who can enter this stage.
The Concept of the 4th Industrial Revolution
The birth of an industrial revolution is triggered by new technologies which produce a new industrial stage when they are able to satisfy latent needs of a society. The history of industrial revolutions is that they expand as such in environments where they satisfy the needs of an “establishment” of a culture.
As soon as they begin to have a viral expansion, the industrial revolutions demonstrate their true value and the underlying concepts can be perceived. In the case of the 4th Industrial Revolution it becomes evident that its purpose is to introduce adaptiveness into industrial and business processes.
It has to be considered that adaptiveness, the concept that underlies flexibility, was always a goal in industry but could not be solved without increasing costs and affecting the quality of the produces. Industry 4.0, due to the now available technologies, introduced adaptiveness but also increased the productivity and quality of the produces.
This opened a new stage that was based on industrial processes, although it deals with businesses as a whole. It introduces adaptiveness by managing the concepts and fundamentals of business functions. This allows managing the root causes of processes that increase their productivity, quality and ensure their reliability.
Industrial Revolution and Mindsets
Industrial Revolutions foster and establish dominant mindsets to fulfill their purposes. These mindsets include the preceding mindset as complementary approaches.
Analytical thinking is the dominant mindset in the 2nd Industrial Revolution. The analytical approach allows managing mass production in a meaningful way by dividing these masses into manageable entities.
Systemic thinking is the dominant mindset in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Automation requires envisioning the unified field of the operation and its components in order to build the automated processes.
Conceptual thinking is the dominant mindset in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Industry 4.0 stage is based in improving the adaptiveness of processes by being fully consumer/user/buyer oriented, increasing the productivity which implies improving the cost/value relation and increasing the quality to become fully reliable.
The Unicist Paradigm Shift in Business establishes the framework of the unicist approach to the 4th Industrial Revolution. It defines the different technologies and methodologies to be used to manage businesses as adaptive systems. You can access the paradigm shift at: https://www.unicist.org/download-form-unicist-paradigm-shift-in-business.php
The concept of Industry 4.0, applied to a business as a whole, is necessary to produce sustainable growth.
NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It provided a framework to introduce the 4th Industrial Revolution. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf