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Guest editorial Digitalization – developing design and implementation theory Background Little did we know of all the changes the world would go through, when we issued the call for papers for a special issue on digitalization – developing design and implementation theory, back in fall 2018. Bad things happened. The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken nearly 2.2 million lives [1], collateral deaths not included, and is still raging. The climate crisis seems to accelerate with enormous bush fires in Australia, California and Siberia, a further increase of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, one of the hottest years ever, in spite of much reduced traveling and industrial production [2]. Fortunately also many good things happened. The USA decided to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Brexit happened, for better or for worse, but the good news is that partners managed to land an agreement. And there are many, many examples of social innovations and human ingenuity. In industry, pharmaceutical firms developed at “warp speed” over 50 COVID-19 vaccine candidates to trialability [3], and just before the end of 2020, the first people were vaccinated. Worldwide, companies, small and large, showed unprecedented agility. On April 13, 2020, Lego, the children’s toys brand reported that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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1741-038X
DOI
10.1108/jmtm-04-2021-463
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Abstract

Digitalization – developing design and implementation theory Background Little did we know of all the changes the world would go through, when we issued the call for papers for a special issue on digitalization – developing design and implementation theory, back in fall 2018. Bad things happened. The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken nearly 2.2 million lives [1], collateral deaths not included, and is still raging. The climate crisis seems to accelerate with enormous bush fires in Australia, California and Siberia, a further increase of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, one of the hottest years ever, in spite of much reduced traveling and industrial production [2]. Fortunately also many good things happened. The USA decided to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Brexit happened, for better or for worse, but the good news is that partners managed to land an agreement. And there are many, many examples of social innovations and human ingenuity. In industry, pharmaceutical firms developed at “warp speed” over 50 COVID-19 vaccine candidates to trialability [3], and just before the end of 2020, the first people were vaccinated. Worldwide, companies, small and large, showed unprecedented agility. On April 13, 2020, Lego, the children’s toys brand reported that

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 24, 2021

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