The Global South and Industry 4.0: Historical Development and Future Trajectories

Wynand Lambrechts, Saurabh Sinha, Tshilidzi Marwala

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This chapter researches the global transformation of industry towards an innovative, sophisticated, and autonomous technology-driven environment. Emerging markets within the Global South should be committed to calibrate its economic, political, and social structures towards investing in a revolutionised industry capable of transforming socio-economic growth. The chapter studies historical industrial revolutions, and presents research towards skills development for Industry 4.0 through digital transformation in emerging markets. The research contribution of the chapter is evident in its research of technologies, innovations, and tailored policies that emerging markets are encouraged to adopt, to participate and thrive in the incipient Industry 4.0.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Political Economy Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Political Economy Series
ISSN (Print)2662-2483
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2491


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Emerging markets
  • Fourth industrial revolution
  • Globalisation
  • Internet-of-things
  • Socio-economic development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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