Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Damodhar Golhar

Second Advisor

Dr. Tarun Gupta

Third Advisor

Dr. Sanjay Ahire

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A growing number of firms are implementing the concept of Just In Time (JlT) manufacturing and Total Quality Management (TQM). This research examines the impact of these management philosophies in manufacturing firms.

This research identifies a set of critical organizational variables necessary for a successful . implementation and the organizational problems faced during their implementation. The major object is to test the performance of firms implementing both JlT and TQM against firms implementing none of these philosophies. Results show that JIT-TQM firms are more customer focused and have better employee relations than traditional firms. This study also compares the performance of JlT and TQM firms with JlT-TQM firms. Results show that IlT and TQM go together. There can be no JlT without TQM, and likewise.

Tests also show that the firms implementing JlT-TQM intensively have better supplier performance and overall performance than those firms implementing these strategies less intensively.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons