Research on Total Quality Management (TQM), Just-in-Time (JIT) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) generally investigates the implementation and impact of these manufacturing programs in isolation. However, many researchers believe and argue conceptually the value of understanding the joint implementation and effect of manufacturing programs. This study investigates the practices of the three programs simultaneously. We find that there is evidence supporting the compatibility of the practices in these programs and that manufacturing performance is associated with the level of implementation of both socially- and technically-oriented practices of the three programs.
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This paper is published in memory of K.O. Cua, a dedicated colleague and good friend. This research was partially supported by the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality, University of Minnesota and The National Science Foundation, NSF grant no. 9422348.
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