Next-Net Project Report on Trends and Key Factors

This article is a summary of the Deliverable 2.1 entitled “Report on trends and key factors” of the Next-net project lead by Aston University.

The aim of the project is to put in place a cross-sectoral and cross-technological initiative at European level to increase integration between production and distribution proposing research and innovation priorities for the future of supply chain.

The research design adopted two sequientian phases of data collection namely “Literature review” and “Experts worsknop”
The methodological approach of the first phase was guided by PESTE framework which examines political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental megatrends and trends that can shape the landscape of the discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing and the logistics industry.

Aston University, with the support of all project partners, organised and conducted a workshop with 18 experts on December 5, 2017 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The objective of this workshop was to bring together a group of 21 experts  from both the academic and practitioner domains to discuss, refine, and extend the findings and insights gained from the literature review as a part of phase II of the procedure.

The summary has outlined an overview of the trends and megatrends that can influence discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing and the logistics industry and thus define the future of supply chains. The trends/megatrends will be further adapted / updated in T2.2 where the development paths will be created based on them. The generation of such scenarios will forge a strategic research agenda and policy recommendations to develop measures so that supply chains are able to fulfil their full potential for contributing to European economic growth and prosperity. The next step towards the scenario formulation will be the creation of the development paths for each megatrend or, if necessary, for the related trends in order to exploit, on the basis of literature and other insights, the possible evolution of the megatrend itself and enable the creation of new scenarios. The probability of occurrence of these paths for the year 2030 will be then assessed and evaluated through evidences and specific surveys with experts.

Full document available for download here

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