Just-in-Time (kanban) Production Systems


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Just-in-Time in Business & Manufacturing:

JIT and Site Selection in Car industry (Auto Parts) [By Clint Johnson]

The just-in-time (JIT) delivery that auto manufacturers require is one reason many suppliers are adopting right-next-door, right-up-the-road, or just-a-few-hours-away strategies when deciding where to locate their own new manufacturing plants. And, conversely, when automotive manufacturers start poring over maps to figure out where to site their own new factories, they usually push-pin the locations of their existing suppliers as a factor in their own decision-making process.

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Just-in-Time in Education:

Just in Time Lectures: Digital Education [Carnegie Mellon U.]

"Just-in-Time Lectures deliver education, information, and training in a timely and efficient manner. Most importantly: It offers great flexibility -- the key to managing rapid change in technology, products, business processes, and corporate strategy."

Just in Time Open Learning

We are a project based at the Division of Adult Continuing Education, University of Sheffield researching the use of just in time open learning (jitol) in the general context of professional and vocational education.


Blackburn, Joseph D., "Just-in-time: The Genesis of Time Compression," Ch.2 in: Time Based Competition: The Next Battleground in American Manuafcturing. Homewood, Ill., Business One Irwin, 1991, pp.24ff.

Frigant, Vincent. The Geography of Just-In-Time: An Analytical Approach in Terms of Proximity. Revue d'Economie Regionale et Urbaine, 1996, 4, p. 777.

... shed light on the ongoing debate concerning the spatial implications of Just-In-Time (JIT). Two aspects of the relationship between supplier and buyer are retained: organizational and transportation dimensions... we use the proximity concept and consider that geographic proximity will depend on the interaction between the organizational and the circulatory proximities... there is no necessary association between JIT and spatial clustering.

Heard, Julie A., "JIT for White Collar Work: The Rest of the Story," Ch.12 in: P.E.Moody, ed., Strategic Manufacturing: Dynamic New Directions for the 1990s, Homewwod, Ill., Irwin 1990.

Herod, Andrew, "Implications of Just-in-Time Production for Union Strategy: Lessons from the 1998 General Motors - United Auto Workers Dispute," Annals, Association of American Geographers, 90 (3), September 2000, 521-47.

Johnston, R.J. et al., Dictionary of Human Geography, 3rd ed., 1994, p.300

Manimala, Mathew J., Entrepreneurial Policies and Strategies: The Innovator's Choice. New Delho: Sage Publications, 1999. [OBS for Social Transformation] [HB615.M354.1999]

p.33: "The company (Toyota, editor) introduced a 'pull (kanban) system on the assembly line, where each worker would get from the previous station what he wanted, as and when he wanted it. This was in sharp contrast to the 'push' system, where components flowed automatically to the next station, irrespective of whether the latter wanted them or not. The pull system was later extended to marketing.... Finally, in 1973, the company persuaded outside suppliers to deliver directly to the assembly line... "

Klaus C. Plönzke, Geschäftsführer des EDV Studio Ploenzke, Wiesbaden, "Just-in-Time"-Konzept - Zeitpeitsche oder Erfolgsformel? COMPUTERWOCHE Nr. 35 vom 26.08.1988

Die häufig gebrauchte Redensart "Timing ist alles" hat es in sich. Sie stellt nämlich in unserer heutigen Wirtschaft eher Wunsch als Wirklichkeit dar. Denn der Geschehensablauf in Geschäft, Beruf und Betrieb wird nur allzu häufig vom Time-lag geprägt.

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