Leading in the digital age: the perspectives of the readymade garments sector of Bangladesh
The prime objective of the research was to determine how the RMG sector is embracing digitization and its leaders are preparing for the digital age? so we investigated the influence of three variables- use of atomized digital machines, use of smartphones and apps, internet of things and what type of leadership style is needed for digital leadership. The present study used a sample of 50 RMG companies. Further, the variables’ influence on digitization has been assessed through multiple factors leading to digitization by allotment of weightage for each factor. The findings in this paper support two variables; use of automized digital machines and internet of things being significant whereas, the use of smartphones and apps is insignificant. It implies that preparation for leading in the digital age remains limited which require incorporation at all levels. The paper leads to a research question for future researchers that despite being very much important theoretically, why the use of smartphones are non-significant in RMG sector? Limitations of the paper include the data which is specific to Bangladesh RMG industry, therefore it cannot be generalized, further the economic meltdown due to COVID-19 pandemic might have influenced the results. The paper’s prime contribution is based on the assessment of predictor variables and their influence that it makes in providing leadership in the digital age.
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