The Fourth Industrial Revolution in South African Manufacturing and Connectivity: Case Studies of Automotive and Mining Equipment Manufacturing, Along With Transportation and ICT Infrastructure and Services

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This working paper focuses on case studies covering two economic areas related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and industrial development. The first area is connectivity services, which includes the cases of transportation and communication services (including infrastructure). The second area is manufacturing, which includes the cases of automotive and mining equipment production. This paper explores industry characteristics, individual firms’ experiences with innovation processes, other key actors and industry support environments, and the dynamics of industry-specific production networks. Based on this exploration, the paper identifies how production network structures shape experiences with adopting 4IR systems. This working paper is the third in a series of four.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationJohannesburg
PublisherUniversity of Johannesburg
Number of pages80
ISBN (Electronic)9781776303885
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesSARChI Industrial Development Working Paper Series
NumberWP 2021-8c


  • Connectivity
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial development
  • South Africa

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