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Ruth Rama and Adelheid Holl

Just-in-time (JIT) delivery systems have been a hallmark of post-Fordist production. This chapter notes that JIT is a ‘soft’ technology that consists of procedures and processes. Japanese in origin, it has become widely deployed. The chapter examines its applicability in other contexts, unpacking the issue of whether its adoption is spatially homogeneous or not. Next it turns to the question of whether JIT promotes the clustering of firms, in part because vertically disintegrated production complexes deploy it extensively. Finally, it compares the adoption of JIT with other technologies, such as CAD/CAM systems.