The manufacturing techniques used by Japanese companies to provide a competitive advantage have been shown by Japan′s outstanding economic performance to be effective over a long period of time. This effectiveness can be measured in terms of the performance of manufacturing systems or by the way in which manufacturing effectiveness has been translated into success in the marketplace. In an effort to integrate current knowledge, a contextual model of Japanese manufacturing techniques has been constructed. These techniques are transferable from Japan. The key ingredient for success is to gain an understanding of the broad context of manufacturing culture, infrastructure and environment before expecting a transplanted or adapted Japanese system of manufacturing techniques to be effective.
Seng Chan, J., Samson, D.A. and Sohal, A.S. (1990), "An Integrative Model of Japanese Manufacturing Techniques", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 10 No. 9, pp. 37-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001265
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