The Digital Twin – Birth of an Integrated System in the Digital Age

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2020-01-07
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Wache, Hendrik
Dinter, Barbara
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Today we live in a time where new technologies are developing rapidly. Digitalization and automation are finding their way into various industrial sectors, especially in the area of Industry 4.0. As in previous digitalization efforts in the manufacturing sector, it can be observed that the discourse is strongly concentrated on technological themes, neglecting the overall integration of technologies into the organization. In this paper, we conduct a literature review on the concept of a digital twin, i.e. a simulation-oriented closed loop system consisting of physical and digital components. We map the identified themes to the elements of a socio-technical system to show which issues in the discourse are underrepresented from a managerial point of view in order to provide indications for a more holistic discourse.
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Digital Innovation, cyber-physical-system, digital twin, industry 4.0, socio-technical system, work system
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