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Digital transformation is the logical continuation to the fourth phase of the industrial revolution. Digitisation is a general phenomenon which is characterised by long-term structural change in production and markets, such as the use of fossil energies for generating electricity and powering on machines or the targeted modification and recombination of molecules in chemistry. Digital transformation includes the holistic effects of digital technologies on organisational and economic framework conditions and their implementation in products and services. Digitisation not only encompasses customer expectations and experiences as well as operational business processes, but also the interactions between business models. This means that digitisation affects customer interaction, service provision and service offerings alike. There is no evidence of a slowdown of digital developments and the associated macroeconomic and social changes. On the contrary, we must expect self-perpetuating interdependencies and feedback effects as well as an acceleration of change processes and their consequences for everyday life and the professional world. This is why the Board of Trustees of the Diesel Medal (Dieselkuratorium) has decided to focus on this topic within the scope of its doctoral programme titled “Digital transformation in the industrial sector”.

The “Digital transformation in the industrial sector” doctoral programme encompasses the following research areas:


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