Dr. Alexander Wollenberg

Khalifa University, UAE

Dr. Alexander Wollenberg obtained his PhD from National University of Singapore in 2011 specialising in innovation-based productivity growth of high-tech companies in emerging economies and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, focusing on technology transfer of Japanese companies in East Asia. In addition to being a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of IGI Global Publishing and the technical committee of International Economics Development and Research Center, Alexander has held various appointments in academia and consultancy in Singapore, Indonesia, Colombia, México, the Middle East and the West Indies. He is also co-founder of a Singaporean start-up focused on smart-home solutions. His research interests include regional economic integration and effects on value chains, as well as the new economy in emerging markets.

Title: Connecting the Dots Between the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Advanced Digital Production Technologies, and Green Supply Chains

Abstract:Sustainability, digital transformation, and going green have been focal topics of academic interest and focus of industrial transformation whether in the material sense or in the PR sense under programmes of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). According to Li Yong (2020), Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization: “The emergence and diffusion of advanced digital production (ADP) technologies of the fourth industrial revolution are radically altering manufacturing production, increasingly blurring the boundaries between physical and digital production systems… Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing and data analytics generate significant opportunities to accelerate innovation and increase the value-added content of production in manufacturing industries.”
In reality, a large number of countries are not yet technologically ready to meet the requirements of an advanced digital Industrialisation (Industrialisation 4.0) remaining far behind a few advanced countries, using up to 70% outdated technologies (UNIDO, 2020). At the same time, such lagging economies are still fully integrated into global supply chains through their operational specialisation. The question to be explored is: Do long-established notions of specialisation and comparative advantage prevent lagging economies from leapfrogging into a new era of industrialisation to become sustainable, digitally advanced, and green economies?