Introduction to Lean and Just-in-Time Manufacturing

  • José Luís Quesado Pinto
  • João Carlos O. Matias
  • Carina Pimentel
  • Susana Garrido Azevedo
  • Kannan Govindan
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)


Lean manufacturing is widely used by industries mainly to mitigate and eliminate all kinds of waste and to improve productivity as a way of enhancing the competitiveness of organizations. A positive correlation between lean implementation and business performance has been highlighted in numerous researches.

With regard to just-in-time (JIT) production, it is considered to be a production system for making and delivering what is needed, just when it is needed and just in the amount needed.

This chapter aims to clarify the differences between Lean and JIT and be an introduction to the content of the book.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Luís Quesado Pinto
    • 1
  • João Carlos O. Matias
    • 2
  • Carina Pimentel
    • 2
  • Susana Garrido Azevedo
    • 3
  • Kannan Govindan
    • 4
  1. 1.LATAM AirlinesSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.DEGEITUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhaPortugal
  4. 4.Department of Technology and InnovationUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense MDenmark

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