The Sage Course Companion on Operations Management is an accessible introduction to the subject that will help readers to extend their understanding of key concepts and enhance their thinking skills in line with course requirements. It provides support on how to revise for exams and prepare for and write assessed pieces. Readers are encouraged not only to think like an operations manager but also to think about the subject critically.

Lean Operations and JIT

Lean Operations and JIT

Lean operations and JIT

Lean Operations is a concept that involves eliminating non-value added activities from the entire supply chain. The term is often used interchangeably with the concept of Just-in-Time (JIT). However JIT traditionally only applies to the organisation and its immediate suppliers, whilst lean operations encompasses the entire supply chain.

The Philosophy of Lean Operations and JIT

The basic idea behind JIT is to produce only what you need, when you need it. This may seem a simple idea but to deliver it requires a number of elements to be in place, such as high quality and elimination of wasteful activities. To achieve this aim requires a whole new approach, or philosophy, from an organisation in how it operates.

Three key issues at the ...

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