Evaluating the performance of systemic innovation problems of the IoT in manufacturing industries by novel MCDM methods

Yu Sheng Kao, Kazumitsu Nawata, Chi Yo Huang*

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an important technological innovation that can enhance industrial competitiveness and sustainability. Thus, governments need to carefully construct an innovation portfolio that promotes sustainable IoT development. To help define an accurate innovation policy and promote development of the IoT industries, potential problems in terms of systemic perspectives should be examined. Such problems, so-called "systemic innovation problems", influence and block sustainable development of IoT technology as well as the IoT industry. However, past studies that explored systemic innovation problems in IoT-related industries are limited. Thus, this research aims to explore systemic innovation problems related to configuring an IoT innovation policy portfolio. A hybrid Bayesian rough based evaluation model was used to derive the most feasible policy instruments. The modified Delphi, Bayesian Rough Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory Based Network Procedures (BR-DNP), and the modified Bayesian rough Vlse Kriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (MBR-VIKOR) were introduced. Gaps in performance corresponding to each systemic innovation problem can thus be assessed based on the features of technological innovation systems. The applicability of the proposed model for promoting industrial sustainability of IoT in the Taiwanese smart manufacturing industry (based on the opinions provided by Taiwanese experts) was verified by an empirical study. Eleven systemic innovation problems that influence the development of the IoT for the smart manufacturing industry were compared and ranked. Based on the results of the empirical study, the performance-gap ratio of "low level of interdisciplinary collaboration" problem is the lowest, as compared to other systemic innovation problems. In addition, the systemic functions of entrepreneurial activities and knowledge development are relatively more important than other systemic functions. The empirical results can serve as a basis for planning an IoT innovation policy portfolio definition and roadmap. Moreover, suggestions for enhancing current systemic innovation problems are provided for policy makers and industrial researchers, according to the results of the evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4970
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sept 1


  • Bayesian Rough MCDM Model
  • Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory based Network Process (DNP)
  • Innovation policy
  • Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)
  • Systemic innovation problems
  • VlšeKriterijumska Optimizacija I Kompromisno Resenje (VIKOR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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