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Prod. vol.8 no.1 São Paulo June 1998 

JIT and supply chain management: an information processing perspective



Guilherme Guedes Xavier

Boston university




Recently, as part of the restructuration of the global economy, new technologies and new consumer trends have led to changes in markets around the world. Based on this restructuration, some markets have faced extremely high degrees of competition, which led to the emergence of new concepts in the productive sector. One of the most important concepts was the spread of JIT systems outside Japan in the early 80s. Currently, another prominent concept, named supply-chain management is emerging In this paper, I take an information processing perspective to analyze both and conclude that, although complementary in dealing with uncertainties, both use different information processing strategies. Understanding the concepts and the relationship between them is important to their further development and diffusion among practioners and scholars' communities.

Keywords: MIS / OM interface, Just-in-time / Kanban, logistics / distribution, operations strategy.



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The author would like to thank professor Laura Forker and colleagues in the seminar of logistics at Boston University for comments provided on an earlier version of this paper. The author would also like to acknowledge the support received from the Brazilian Agency of Post-Graduate Studies - CAPES under the grant nº 058-94-02



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Recebido em: 20/10/97
Aceito em: 15/04/98
Publicado em: 27/07/98

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