Seminar : How to Transform Successfully to Industry 4.0?

This seminar, organized by the HEC Digital Lab and HEC Liège Executive Education will allow you to understand and anticipate the transformations of business models, industrial patterns in different sectors and their impacts on work organization.


  • 08:30 DAY 1 - Introduction: Industry 4.0, an industrial revolution?: ▶ The characteristics of the fourth industrial revolution ▶ Overview and comparison of international industrial policies ▶ The challenge of digital transformation in German family businesses
  • 10:45 Impacts on the production space: ▶ Evolution of production models in SMEs and large companies ▶ Examples from several sectors (automotive, aerospace, foundry, electronics, ...) ▶ In search of a digital continuity within the company
  • 14:00 Industry 4.0 patterns: ▶ Interconnected production systems enabling unit series ▶ A segmentation model for so-called '4.0' companies ▶ Position your company and its industrial layout using the relevant models in your context
  • 15:30 Industry 4.0, a lever for transforming value chains: ▶ Changes in the industrial company's value chain ▶ Examples of value chain transformation at the industry level ▶ The importance of adopting a systemic vision of one's industry and identifying potential sources of disruption
  • 17:00 Debriefing of Day 1
  • 09:00 DAY 2 - A rethinking of business models: ▶ Developing new services linked to usage data ▶ An industrial service platform economy ▶ Identify opportunities and points of vigilance for SMEs
  • 10:45 Towards relational competitiveness: make or share: ▶ Introduction to relational competitiveness ▶ Partnership strategies leading to the construction of collective leaderships ▶ 4.0 as a lever to make the circular economy a competitive asset
  • 11:30 The impact of Industry 4.0 on employment and work organization (I): ▶ Revisiting the international division of labor model ▶ Assumptions about the impact of 4.0 on employment ▶ 4.0-related skill changes
  • 14:00 The impact of Industry 4.0 on employment and work organization (II): ▶ Questioning the positioning of functions in the company ▶ Towards integrated and accompanying rather than controlling organizational structures ▶ Position your company in this evolution of organizations and skills
  • 15:15 Key success factors for Industry 4.0: ▶ Examples of successful Industry 4.0 approaches ▶ Main difficulties encountered in Industry 4.0 projects ▶ Do's and Don'ts as a tool to design your own Industry 4.0 project
  • 17:00 Conclusions and closing exchanges


  • Dorothée KOHLER

    Founder & Managing Director // Kohler Consulting & Coaching
  • Jean-Daniel WEISZ

    Associate // Kohler Consulting & Coaching

Dorothée Kohler, a doctor in geography and a graduate of Sciences Po Urba, heads KOHLER Consulting & Coaching, a consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational development. A researcher at the Marc Bloch Center, specializing in the transformation of German and French industrial territories, she continued her career in 2001 in industry. She was appointed General Manager Human Resources of the Stainless Steel segment of ArcelorMittal and then of the Asia, Africa segment, CTO, Growth Projects. In 2009, she founded KOHLER C&C, an expert in growth diagnostics for family businesses and in coaching teams facing transformation projects.

Jean-Daniel Weisz, a graduate of EM-Lyon and a doctor in economics, is an expert in organizational development and digital transformation in France and Germany. He started his professional career in Finance Departments in the industry. He then joined the strategy and organization consulting firm BearingPoint. In 2009, he became a Partner at KOHLER C&C. He assists family-owned companies, SMEs and mid-sized companies (MSEs) in their digital maturity diagnoses and in thinking about the evolution of their business model.

For more information on this training, visit the HEC Liège Executive Education website.