A conceptual framework for the implementation of zero inventory and just-in-time manufacturing concepts

A. Gunasekaran, S. K. Goyal, T. Martikainen, P. Yli-Olli

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This article deals with major issues of implementing Zero Inventory (ZI) and Just-In-Time Production (JIT) concepts. These concepts most likely reduce the waste in terms of reduction in inventory and scrap levels for improving productivity and quality in manufacturing organizations. Firstly, a review on the implementation of ZI/JIT has been presented to critically evaluate the major issues. Secondly, the major implementation issues of ZI and JIT have been discussed with help of a conceptual model. Thirdly, behavioral and cultural characteristics of firms have been discussed with reference to the implementation of ZI and JIT. Finally, the model has been applied to Finnish firms to discuss the various issues involved in the implementation of ZI and JIT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-78
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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