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APPENDIX D

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES REQUIRED FOR KANBAN

In order to fully realize the benefits of kanban, some decision making needs to be decentralized. To successfully implement kanban, the materials department must evolve from its traditional role of controlling production. This task can be tougher than it sounds, because some functions are difficult to decentralize. Typically, all material functions are coordinated by a materials department that:

  • Generates the production and shipping schedules
  • Coordinates raw material purchases and deliveries
  • Controls material handling and storage systems

Since these activities occur in all parts of the ...

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