List of Barriers to Just-in-Time | Barriers to JIT

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List of Barriers to Just-in-Time | Barriers to JIT

Though JIT as a theoretical concept seems superb, there are practical barriers in getting this concept to work in reality and get JIT implemented properly. Let's create a complete a list of all those barriers to act as a reference for those wanting to implement JIT in their organizations:
I'll supply 4 barriers to JIT to get started:
1. Integration with Vendors and Suppliers. The vendors and suppliers need to have a good relation to make this concept work. Often cash flow is a barrier here
2. Logistics and External ConditionS. The logistics partner needs to be a strong player. Also external factors like nearness to the customer and similar geographical conditions are relevant here.
3. Culture and Work Environment. This need to be developed to make sure that JIT has to be implemented soundly. Often the old company practices and culture is a big barrier to get JIT implemented.
4. Small Suppliers and Single supplier. As small suppliers do not have an edge of bulk orders, it is very difficult for them to get in line with the JIT concept of their customer. If the vendor is single source, he may display a monopolistic attitude and have his own rules of the game!
Before making a shift to the Just-in-time concept, it is necessary to analyze the situation and the internal strength and capacity of the organization.

Barriers to Just in Time
Lee Chee, Student (Other), Trinidad and Tobago
5. FEAR OF FAILURE. Lack of confidence and fear of consequences of failure is a significant barrier to change initiatives within an organization, it is extremely important to employ an effective change management methodology supported by the right drivers and top management support to overcome this barrier and provide a better opportunity for success. The ADKAR model is a sound model to consider when pursuing this initiative. Its all about effective change management.

List of Barriers to JIT
@Lee Chee: Hi, you are right. But your point is somewhat covered in point 2 where I mentioned Work Culture and Environment.
It often takes time to shift from one kind of culture to other and as rightly pointed out by you, it needs proper change management where the upper level management needs to be supportive and participative.
This will remove the fear and help the people to adjust easily!

JIT and the Lacks of Employees Engagements with Strategic Plans
Samuel Benn, Student (University), United States
6. HUMAN ENGAGEMENT: The lack of human engagement with the things mentioned above is also a barrier. The development of the human resource elements underline the integration of vendors suppliers relationship; and the ability for the JIT concept to withstand the external condition (barriers) within certain environmental settings, such as cross-culture training and that depends on how efficiently the concept is executed. In other words, for the concept to work, common understanding of the JIT concept is needed.


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