Title: Manufacturing planning and control technology versus operational performance: an empirical study of MRP and JIT in China

Authors: Zhixiang Chen, Jennifer S. Shang

Addresses: School of Business, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, PR China. ' Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Abstract: Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) and Just-in-Time (JIT) are currently two of the most popular manufacturing technologies. Based on 246 Chinese companies| survey, we found that the degree of the MRP and JIT implementation and integration has a positive relationship with the manufacturer|s performance. The hybrid MRP and JIT system, which create synergy and attains better performance, is widely accepted in China.

Keywords: materials requirements planning; MRP; just-in-time; JIT; manufacturing technology; operational performance; manufacturing planning; manufacturing control; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2008.015971

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2008 Vol.13 No.1, pp.4 - 29

Published online: 02 Dec 2007 *

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