This research-in-progress paper aims to delve into the challenges confronted by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating within a small equipment manufacturing town in China during their digital transformation journey. While a considerable body of literature exists on digital transformation and SMEs, there is a notable absence of insights at the manufacturing town level, which is a significant and yet understudied phenomenon. Our study is situated in a well-known manufacturing town within a city, employing an in-depth qualitative approach. By scrutinizing the underlying causes of challenges that have led to delayed or aborted digital transformations, this research seeks to offer a more profound understanding of digital transformation within the manufacturing industry, with a specific focus on SMEs. Additionally, our findings are expected to provide valuable policy insights and references for the manufacturing town's ongoing digital transformation efforts.
Jiang, Nan and Zhu, Ruilin, "Unlocking opportunities amidst obstacles: Navigating Digital transformation challenges in China's manufacturing towns for small and medium-sized enterprises" (2023). ICEB 2023 Proceedings (Chiayi, Taiwan). 79.