Study Notes

Time-based management

AS, A-Level
AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB

Last updated 22 Mar 2021

Time-based management is an aspect of lean production. It is a general approach that recognises the importance of time and seeks to reduce the level of wasted time in the production processes of a business

The potential benefits of time-based management include:

  • Quicker response times (reduced lead times) to meet changing market and customer needs
  • Faster new product development
  • Reduction in waste, therefore greater efficiency

For a firm to operate time-based management effectively, it needs to have flexible production facilities that enable it to make changes easily. For example, it may need to be able to switch production quickly between different products and to alter the length of production runs as needed.

As with other aspects of lean production, time-based management also calls for flexible, multi-skilled staff, and a culture of mutual trust between workers and managers.

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