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Impact of RFID and information sharing on JIT, TQM and operational performance

Pamela J. Zelbst (Department of Management and Marketing, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)
Kenneth W. Green, Jr (Department of Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, Arkansas, USA)
Victor E. Sower (Department of Management and Marketing, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)
Roger D. Abshire (Department of Management and Marketing, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)

Management Research Review

ISSN: 2040-8269

Article publication date: 14 October 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This aim of this paper, from a systems perspective, is to focus on the effects of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology adoption and information sharing within a manufacturing facility on the just-in-time (JIT) and total quality management (TQM) practices and the subsequent impact on operational performance of manufacturing firms.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 104 manufacturing managers, supervisors and quality professionals and analyzed using a path analysis methodology.

Findings

RFID technology utilization and supply chain information sharing combine to enhance a manufacturing organization’s JIT and TQM capabilities which lead to improve operational performance.

Research limitations/implications

Although the sample size is large enough to support path analysis, it is not of sufficient size to support structural equation modeling. This limitation precludes assessing the model as a whole. Direct and indirect effects are assessed, however.

Practical implications

Manufacturing managers are provided with a framework for assessing the synergistic impact of combining RFID technology and information sharing on the JIT and TQM capabilities and the subsequent impact on the operational performance of the firm.

Originality/value

A systems approach to assessing the impact of a combination of RFID technology and information sharing on operations programs is developed and tested. The results verify the importance of implementing RFID technology within an information sharing environment and support the proposition that RFID technology enhances both JIT and TQM capabilities.

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Citation

J. Zelbst, P., W. Green, Jr, K., E. Sower, V. and D. Abshire, R. (2014), "Impact of RFID and information sharing on JIT, TQM and operational performance", Management Research Review, Vol. 37 No. 11, pp. 970-989. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-10-2014-273

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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