Insights From History On The New Industrial Revolution

Date: 8 November 2022
Time: 9:45 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Aston University Aston Street Birmingham B4 7ET / Online

Join one of our InterAct funded systematic review teams at Aston University on November 8th to explore the question of how history can pave the way to the next industrial revolution.

Industrial Digital Technologies hold the key to achieving productivity, sustainability and resilience in challenging times. While digital technologies are new, the difficulties that digital technology adoption brings manufacturing firms are not. In each previous industrial transition – mechanisation, electrification, computerisation – some of the biggest difficulties have been human, or commercial, not technical. This hybrid event will present perspectives from industry, policy and academia on the current industrial challenges. It is an opportunity to reflect and learn how historical cases can help achieve success with digital transformation.

The event is part of an interdisciplinary research project funded by ESRC under the Made Smarter InterAct Network. The research team consisting of Ahmad Beltagui (Aston Business School), Brian Sudlow (Aston School of Social Science & Humanities) and Miying Yang (Cranfield School of Management) is researching historical industrial transitions to uncover actionable insights for industry concerned with the human side of digital technology.