Critical Thinking Ability Will Never Be Replaced in the Era of Industry 4.0

[unpad.ac.id, 12/03/2019] Executive Vice President of the Human Capital Management Division of PT. Bank BCA, Tbk., Hendra Tanumihardja, encourage the students from Universitas Padjadjaran to be prepared to face various challenges in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. One of the key points stressed by Hendra is to take advantage of all opportunities that exist. 


Executive Vice President of the Human Capital Management Division of PT. Bank BCA, Tbk., Hendra Tanumihardja, while giving a public lecture on “Building Organization Capability for the Next Generation” held at Bale Sawala, Jatinangor campus, Unpad Rectorate Building, Tuesday (12/3). (Photo: Tedi Yusup) *

“Seize the opportunity. Take whatever opportunity that is available,“ said Hendra in the Studium Generale titled “Building Organization Capability for the Next Generation” held at Bale Sawala, Jatinangor campus Unpad Rector Building, Tuesday (12/3).

Hendra stated that it is a universal challenge to be able to ensure that more and more people are able to benefit from the existence of the Industry 4.0 Era. Although there will be many job losses, on the other hand, there will also be an abundance of job creation.

“It’s all up to us. It is we who determine the future. Starting from now,” said Hendra.

One of the necessary skills that the millennial generation needs in the era of Industry 4.0 is the ability to think critically. Not just a mere critics, but positive critical thinking. It is difficult to replace this ability with technological developments. This ability will also encourage creativity.

On this occasion, Hendra also encouraged the millennial generation to innovate. Hendra expressed that innovations will be created if one has intrinsic motivation (internal motivation) rather than extrinsic motivation (external motivation). If one only has extrinsic motivation, then it will be arduous to trigger creativity.

“When you increase your capabilities, intrinsic motivation is what is needed to be creative,” Hendra said.

In relation to building organizational capabilities, Hendra explained that there are three elements which need to be considered, namely employee mindset, employee competencies, and employee governance.


The first element refers to the mindset that is needed according to the type of organization being built. The second element concerns what kind of competencies that need to be built in order for an organization to have competitiveness. The third element refers to what kind of management needs to be built in order to run an organization effectively.

“[For] any organization, regardless of its size, including start up companies, these three elements are the important elements needed in order to ensure that the organization you build has capability,” said Hendra. *

Report by Artanti Hendriyana / am | Translated by Shabrina M.