Just-In-Time


Just-in-time is one of the powerful outcomes of Lean manufacturing and when appropriately applied it results in great benefits to organisations. The concept has been created to help professionals to quickly grasp the term and to understand the critical success factors.

Technique Overview

Just-In-Time Definition

Just-In-Time (JIT) is a concept popularised by the productivity of Japanese industry. It described a manufacturing system that enables the achievement of cost reduction and workflow improvement by scheduling materials to arrive at a work station or facility ‘just in time’ to be used (Schermerhorn, 1996).

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Further Reading

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  • Atkinson, C. (2005) Dell Computers: A Case Study in Low Inventory. Inventory Management Review. 26 September. [online] Available at: www.inventorymanagementreview.org/2005/09/dell_computers_.html [Accessed 26 January 2012].
  • Beasley, J.E. (2007) Operations Research Notes. [online] Available at people.brunel.ac.uk/~mastjjb/jeb/or/jit.html [Accessed 23 January 2012].
  • Callen, J.L., Fader, C. and Krinsky, I. (2000) Just-in-Time: A Cross-Sectional Plant Analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 63, pp. 277-301.
  • Ekekwe, N. (2011) Rethink Your Business Continuity Strategy. Harvard Business Review. 22 April.

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