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Main benefits obtained from a successful JIT implementation

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Abstract

Literature has reported 31 benefits obtained by companies after a successful JIT implementation. However, this research reduces the list by means of a data reduction technique to identify those essential benefits that must be pursued. The 31 benefits are integrated in a questionnaire that is administered to 144 production managers in maquiladoras in Mexico to measure the extent to which they are obtained according to respondents. One the one hand, a validation process and descriptive analysis are carried out for every benefit by considering their median values as a measure of central tendency and interquartile range values as a measure of dispersion. On the other hand, data reduction was achieved by means of a factor analysis based on principal components and varimax rotation. Four main factors related to JIT benefits are identified after the factor analysis, which explain 67.27 % of total variance of data. Identified factors concern inventory management, production process, human resources, and economic benefits.

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Alcaraz, J.L.G., Macías, A.A.M., Luevano, D.J.P. et al. Main benefits obtained from a successful JIT implementation. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 86, 2711–2722 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-016-8399-5

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Keywords

  • JIT benefits
  • Factor analysis
  • Data reduction
  • JIT implementation
  • Maquiladora