Industry 4.0 enablers for a cleaner production and circular economy within the context of business ethics: a study in a developing country

Shayganmehr, Masoud, Kumar, Anil, Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo and Moktadir, Md. Abdul (2020) Industry 4.0 enablers for a cleaner production and circular economy within the context of business ethics: a study in a developing country. Journal of Cleaner Production. ISSN 0959-6526 (In Press)

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Abstract / Description

To achieve sustainability, businesses are adopting Cleaner Production (CP) and Circular Economy (CE) practices for producing better quality products at the lowest cost while decreasing the negative environmental impact of their operations. The implementation of these practices is highly influenced by Industry 4.0 technology’s enablers, particularly within the context of ethical and sustainable business development. In this paper, a novel framework is proposed to assess the importance of Industry 4.0 enablers for implementing CP practices embedded in CE in the context of ethical societies and assess an industry’s readiness. Firstly, the most effective context-related Industry 4.0 enablers are extracted from previous studies and validated through a Fuzzy Delphi method. Secondly, the Interval-Valued Fuzzy Sets (IVFS) based Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) method is applied to evaluate the enablers’ weight. Due to existing ambiguities in the enablers, IVFS was applied to model the uncertainty in an interval [0,1]. The final results indicate that the most important enablers are “Technical Capability”, “Security and Safety”, Policy and Regulation”, “System Flexibility”, “Education and Participation” and “Support and Maintenance” respectively. Thirdly, the Fuzzy Evaluation Method (FEM) was followed to evaluate the readiness score of Industry 4.0 enablers for implementing CP practices embedded in CE and evolving ethical principles of corporate social responsibility. This paper contributes to the CP, CE and ethics body of knowledge by proposing a framework for assessing the dimensions of Industry 4.0 enablers during the implementation of CP and CE practices and to provide ethical and sustainable business development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: industry 4.0; cleaner production; circular economy; business ethics; AHP; fuzzy sets theory; fuzzy evaluation method
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 170 Ethics
600 Technology > 650 Management & auxiliary services
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Anil Kumar
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 09:41
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2021 15:55
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/6187

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