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Case Code : OPER006 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Production Management/ Manufacturing
Case Length : 12 Pages
Period : 1990 - 2002
Organization : Toyota
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : Japan
Industry : Automobiles


The case focuses on the Just-in-Time manufacturing system pioneered by Toyota. The case discusses in detail the 'Kanban' concept, which was one of the principles on which Toyota's JIT was based. The Kanban philosophy is compared with the western manufacturing philosophy, and the JIT system is compared with non-JIT systems. The case also touches on the disadvantages of JIT and the future of JIT.


Assess the nature of the contribution that JIT can make to an organization to help it compete successfully in global markets


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Just-In-Time Production System 3
JIT in Toyota 4
Future of JIT 6
Exhibits 8


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