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An Empirical Investigation of the relationship between Just-In-Time (JIT) practices and Manufacturing Performance

Objective



Research objectives and content

Enterprises increasingly recognise that time-to-market, reliability and on-time delivery are increasingly becoming key measures in competitive performance and that time-based competition will be a feature of most marketplaces. In particular, Japanese manufacturing industry have identified time-to-market as the key competitive challenge over the coming years. Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing is among the many new manufacturing approaches that have emerged to meet this challenge. JIT is a comprehensive approach to continuous manufacturing based on the principle of eliminating waste, excess and unevenness in the manufacturing process. To date, most empirical research on JIT has been descriptive. While there is anecdotal evidence of a relationship between JIT practices and manufacturing performances, much of the empirical work on JIT is characterised by a lack of attention to reliability and validity issues. Consequently, this research project proposes to rigorously analyse the relationship between JIT practices and manufacturing performance and to measure the impact of moderating variables such as industrial sector, firm size and ownership on the practice-performance relationship.

Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)

1. To obtain additional specialist training in appropriate structural equation modelling techniques.

2. As a Return Fellow, to provide specialist seminars on management research as a result of my experience as a TMR Fellow.

Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)

1. Obtaining industry responses with regard to current practices in the area of JIT practices, manufacturing performance and business;
2. Disseminating the results of the research to industry and relevant public agencies;
3. Providing a framework for companies to benchmark their own levels of practice adoption and manufacturing performance

Funding Scheme

RGI - Research grants (individual fellowships)

Coordinator

University College Dublin
Address
Carysfort Avenue
4 Dublin
Ireland