The Map of Institutionalization and Digitization of the Southern Aegean is Drawn | News from Denizli

South Aegean Development Agency (GEKA), which operates under the coordination of the Ministry of Industry and Technology; He signed the study “Analysis of the current situation of institutionalization and digitalization” for the sectors of manufacturing of textile and clothing products, machinery and equipment and food products in Aydın, Denizli and Mugla. To make a statement on this, GEKA General Secretary Özgür Akdoğan; “As the South Aegean Development Agency, we want to advance nationally determined policies and investments to increase our global competitiveness, ensure economic growth with technological progress and make our life easier. With the analysis prepared under the Agency’s “Result-Driven Institutionalization and Digital Transformation in Manufacturing” program of the Agency covering the period 2021-2023, the current situation of the said sectors has been revealed. The analysis is the first step of the “Result-Driven Institutionalization and Digital Transformation Program in the Manufacturing Industry”, which we are carrying out with the aim of increasing the level of income and profitability by ensuring digital transformation and companies in leading sectors such as textiles and clothing. products, machinery and equipment, food manufacturing in Aydın, Denizli, Muğla. . The information obtained from the analysis will inform our Agency’s activities and support in the field of digitization and institutionalization for the period to come, and guide other decision makers.


In the TR32 region, enterprises that were included in the sample according to the criteria of the number of employees from 4 selected sub-sectors of the manufacturing industry sector that guide the regional economy according to NACE Rev.2 were included in the search. 301 online surveys were conducted using the full count method among all enterprises with 10 or more employees in the machinery industry, 100 or more employees in the textile industry, 50 or more employees in the clothing industry and 20 or more employees in the industry. food industry. Among the companies surveyed, 21% (63) manufacture food products, 28% (88) manufacture textile products, 23% (67) manufacture clothing, 28% (83) are companies operating in the manufacture of machinery and equipment. equipment. 68% of the companies covered by the research are located in Denizli, 26% in Aydın and 6% in Muğla. 95% of the surveys of companies in the textile manufacturing sector were carried out in Denizli, and 53% of the surveys of companies in the food manufacturing sector were carried out in Aydın.


Akdoğan mentioned the following regarding research: “First of all, if the results and evaluation of research are done in terms of institutionalization; 77% of companies do not have a written corporate constitution. In 71% of companies, the duties, roles, powers and responsibilities of employees are determined in writing, and companies that manufacture textile products have the highest rate at 77%. 68% of companies have a professional manager separate from the quality control unit who is not a family member. Next come the human resources department with 55%, the marketing department with 48%, the information processing/automation department with 39% and the R&D department with 27%. Only 23% of companies have managers other than family members. When this research data is analyzed, the number of companies that have transformed their organizational structure according to the principles of institutionalization is not at a sufficient level considering the economic size of the TR32 Region. Today, digitalization expresses a holistic understanding of transformation that brings together human, business processes and technological elements in line with the advantages of rapidly developing information and communication technologies and the changing needs of the business world. . When research results are evaluated in terms of digitization; We see that there are companies trying to digitize in the leading sectors of the region. From the perspective of their digitization trend, the textile manufacturing and machinery and equipment manufacturing sectors stand out from the others. At this point, the question of cost, which companies see as the biggest hurdle, emerges. The second important issue is the creation of human resources capable of initiating the digital transformation of companies. In this regard, it is important that universities, vocational training institutions, NGOs and public institutions establish centers capable of providing well-equipped training in the necessary fields by cooperating. The main thing is that educated young human resources graduating from universities in the region can be well oriented, and young graduates from good universities in other regions can be attracted to the region’s industry. The third problem is that companies need a lot of consulting support, especially in R&D and in innovation and digital transformation. In the region where family businesses are concentrated, the need to provide various consulting services, particularly in governance, R&D and innovation, and digital transformation, to businesses by professionals and to support them with support mechanisms is emerging. Finally, one of the most important issues in ensuring the digital transformation of regional industry is resistance to change. This resistance; It is a major obstacle to the development and transformation of enterprises and industry, whether in management or in other departments of the company. For this, it is believed that planning an awareness program in which information activities aimed at creating awareness of digitization and specially designed trainings for departments are conducted and taking action in this regard can create a great transformation in the institutionalization and digitization of regional industry. .”

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