and improving product quality and efficiency of production. There are strong cultural aspects associated withthe emergence of JIT in Japan. The Japanese workethic involves the following concepts.
Workers are highly motivated to seekconstant improvement upon that whichalready exists. Although high standards arecurrently being met, there exist even higherstandards to achieve.
Companies focus on group effort whichinvolves the combining of talents and sharingknowledge, problem-solving skills, ideas andthe achievement of a common goal.
Work itself takes precedence over leisure. It isnot unusual for a Japanese employee to work14-hour days.
Employees tend to remain with one companythroughout the course of their career span. This allows the opportunity for them to honetheir skills and abilities at a constant ratewhile offering numerous benefits to thecompany.
`Just-in-time' is a management philosophy and not atechnique.