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This text provides informative, short introductions to the core concepts of Operations Management. This text contains more than 50 concept entries and is fully cross-referenced.An outstanding reference for Operations Management students at all levels. 

Just-in-Time
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Theory of Swift, Even Flow

According to Schmenner and Swink (1998), the theory of swift, even flow holds that the more swift and even the flow of materials through a process, the more productive that process will be. This theory corresponds to a number of laws:

  • Law of variability: ‘The greater the random variability, either demanded of the process or inherent of the process itself or in the items processed, the less productive the process is’.
  • Law of bottleneck: ‘An operation's productivity is improved by eliminating ...
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