Seminar : Factory of the future : Building tomorrow's industry

This seminar, organized by the 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.


  • 08:45 DAY 1 - Welcoming participants
  • 09:00 Introduction: Industry 4.0, an industrial revolution? ▶ The characteristics of the fourth industrial revolution ▶ Overview and comparison of industrial policies internationally ▶ The challenge of digital transformation in German family businesses
  • 10:45 Impacts on the production space ▶ Changing production models in SMEs and large companies ▶ Examples from several sectors (automotive, aeronautics, foundry, electronics, ...) ▶ In search of digital continuity within the company
  • 14:00 Industry 4.0 patterns ▶ Interconnected production systems enabling unit series production ▶ A segmentation model for so-called '4.0' companies ▶ Situate your company and its industrial layout using the relevant models in your context
  • 15:30 Industry 4.0, a lever for transforming value chains ▶ Changing 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 Debrief of the first day
  • 08:45 DAY 2
  • 08:45 A rethinking of business models ▶ Developing new services linked to usage data ▶ An economy of industrial service platforms ▶ 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 for turning the circular economy into a competitive asset
  • 11:30 The impact of Industry 4.0 on employment and work organization (I) ▶ Revisiting the division of labor model on an international scale ▶ Assumptions about the impact of 4.0 on employment ▶ 4.0-related changes in skills.
  • 14:00 The impact of Industry 4.0 on employment and work organization (II) ▶ Questioning the positioning of functions within the company ▶ Towards integrated organizational structures that support rather than control ▶ Situate your company in this evolution of organizations and skills
  • 15:15 Key success factors for Industrie 4.0 ▶ Examples of successful Industrie 4.0 approaches ▶ Main difficulties encountered in Industrie 4.0 projects ▶ Do's and Don'ts as a tool for designing your own Industrie 4.0 project
  • 17:00 Conclusions and closing discussions


  • Dorothée KOHLER

    Founder & CEO // 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.