An Account for Implementing Just-in-time: A Case Study of the Automotive Industry in China


  • Bo Hou
  • Hing Kai Chan
  • Xiaojun Wang


Just-in-time, operations strategy, automotive, implementation, case study


Just-in-time (JIT) has been a popular operation strategy partly because of its success in the japanese automobile industry. Various benefits such as inventory reduction, improved operations efficiency, and faster response, have been studied widely in previous studies. Therefore, successful implementation of JIT is vital to many companies. This research makes use of a case study to explore five key research themes, which are information system, production planning, inventory management, quality management, and suppliers management, and the success factors surrounding implementation of JIT for an automotive company. This case study also provides evidences for supporting the benefits of employing JIT. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect relevant data. The research finding indicates that JIT system is crucial for the success of automobile companies, and operates JIT system can lead to many advantages to the case company. The major contribution of this paper lies in the discussions of the successful factors as a practical guide to implement JIT systems.


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How to Cite

B. Hou, H. K. Chan, and X. Wang, “An Account for Implementing Just-in-time: A Case Study of the Automotive Industry in China”, Int. j. eng. technol. innov., vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 156–167, Jul. 2013.