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JUST-IN-TIME, 'REGIMES' AND REDUCTIONISM

Alan Jenkins
Sociology
Vol. 28, No. 1 (February 1994), pp. 21-30
Published by: Sage Publications, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42855314
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

This article gives critical consideration of a number of points about just-in-time (JIT) production organisation raised by Sewell and Wilkinson in their recent paper in Sociology (May 1992). Their analysis of JIT as a system, and of its 'embedding' in organisations, is shown to be reductionist and the roots of certain aspects of this weakness are related to deficiencies in fashionable neo-Foucauldian notions of production 'regimes'. In its final section the article suggests that the analytical basis of a better approach to JIT already exists in socio-technical theory.

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