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Manufacturing of materials into useable products has changed dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. The United States dominated the manufacturing arena until the early 190s. After that period, efforts of global competitors in such areas as quality control and productivity, started to surpass the efforts made by the United Stated in these same areas. For the first time, U.S. manufacturers started sensing the pressure of competition. The United Stated is using its competitive advantage over other nations in the manufacturing segment. Part of this loss is a result of the way the U.S. manufacturers are conducting their business. A larger part is the lack understanding and willingness to utilize and adopt some of the methods available to make them more competitive at home and in the global marketplace (Moskal, 1988).

The survival of manufacturing organizations has necessitated that management focus their attention towards new methods of dealing with rising costs, poor quality, and intensified competition. It is no longer acceptable to approach manufacturing using old management philosophies (Byard, 1987). The use of modern information technologies to attain a competitive advantage is essential for organizational success. One such method is the implementation of the Just-In-Time (JIT) approach. Just-in-time is an operating philosophy which was created in Japan around 1950.

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Abolghassem Tolu Honary

Second Advisor

Mohammed F. Fahmy


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