July 19, 2018
On 18th of July 2018 Dr. Patrick Dallasega met Prof. Joseph Sarkis at the Foisie Business School of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Massachusetts (USA). Prof. Sarkis is a highly recognized researcher in the fields of operations, supply chain management and sustainability. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016 and 2017 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. The meeting was organized to discuss possible future collaborations in the field of Industry 4.0 and supply chain management. During the meeting, opportunities and challenges of small and medium sized enterprises by using Industry 4.0 concepts in supply chain management were discussed. Special emphasis was set on how Industry 4.0 could improve the environmental aspect of supply chain management in the construction industry. At the end, a collaboration in the form of joint publications in the field of sustainable supply chain management was agreed.