First published in 1997, this volume joined the debate assessing the potential of the Just-In-Time management philosophy from
the manufacturing industry for Singapore's construction industry by examining the "off-site" prefabrication of precast concrete
components in Singapore, in comparison with traditional management systems. In the wake of the 1991 Strategic Economic Plan
of Singapore, which forecasted alarmingly low productivity in the local construction sector, the authors noted that construction
in Japan was 35% more productive, whilst Finland was 75% better. Highlighting immense potential for the JIT approach, they
explore the JIT philosophy, traditional systems, construction wastes and comparisons between construction and manufacturing.