Using Simulation to Leverage Digital Transformation of SMEs: A European Perspective

Ramos, I., North, K., Thalmann, S., Aramburu, N., Hermann, A., Gräslund, K., Barros, V.


Abstract

Digital transformation is one of the main challenges that SMEs face nowadays. Nevertheless, to a great extent, they lack the necessary capacities and skills to introduce and apply technologies that can support digitalization. As a design science approach, researchers from different European countries have carried out the collaborative research project VOIL to collect and scientifically develop resources and tools to support SMEs in building digital skills. In the context of this project, a tool is developed to assess the digital maturity of SMEs. Moreover, a learning journey based on the use of simulators is proposed together with a minimal viable prototype integrating all developed tools to provide a comprehensive learning environment. Lessons learned from the application of said learning online environment in experimental settings are also shared. The project results contribute to the research that has been carried out within the scope of life long learning, proposing the aggregation of pedagogical strategies that allow self-guided learning in the workplace.

Keywords
Making Digital Transformation Real; digital skills; digital transformation; emerging technologies; learning journey; simulation-based learning



Publication type
Forschungsartikel in Sammelband (Konferenz)

Peer reviewed
Yes

Publication status
accepted / in press (not yet published)

Year
2022

Conference
55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

Venue
Maui

Book title
Proceedings of the 55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

Editor
Bui, Tung X.

Start page
4889

End page
4898

Title of series
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences

Publisher
University of Hawai'i at Manoa / Hamilton Library

Place
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Language
English

ISSN
2572-6862

ISBN
978-0-9981331-5-7

DOI