Analysis of interactions among the barriers to JIT production: interpretive structural modelling approach


1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Bhavan’s Campus, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (West), Mumbai, 400 058, India

2 All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), 7th Floor, Chanderlok Building, Janpath, New Delhi, 110 001, India


‘Survival of the fittest’ is the reality in modern global competition. Organizations around the globe are adopting or willing to embrace just-in-time (JIT) production to reinforce the competitiveness. Even though JIT is the most powerful inventory management methodologies it is not free from barriers. Barriers derail the implementation of JIT production system. One of the most significant tasks of top management is to identify and understand the relationship between the barriers to JIT production for alleviating its bad effects. The aims of this paper are to study the barriers hampering the implementation of successful JIT production and analysing the interactions among the barriers using interpretive structural modelling technique. Twelve barriers have been identified after reviewing literature. This paper offers a roadmap for preparing an action plan to tackle the barriers in successful implementation of JIT production.