Introducing an important new expression of management science called the Theory of Constraints (TOC), this book helps busy executives and professionals quickly learn and implement TOC principles. Introduction to the Theory of Constraints (TOC) Management System organizes several proven TOC principles, processes, and solutions into a TOC management system that has been successfully applied to everything from manufacturing industries to health care.
The Theory of Constraints is based on the scientific method that has been developed and refined for nearly three decades by Dr. Eli Goldratt. The TOC management system offers management techniques that are sound, practical, and can be applied to nearly every company, project, or personal endeavor imaginable. It has created fundamentally new ways of managing, and has dramatically improved the ability of hundreds of thousands of individuals to make smart decisions on a daily basis. If you've read Eli Goldratt's bestselling books and wondered how to put his ideas to work, Introduction to the Theory of Constraints (TOC) Management System tells what TOC is, where it came from, who uses it, and how to get started with it.
Table of Contents
What is the Theory of Constraints (TOC)?
A Management Science
Elements of the TOC Management System
TOC Thinking Processes ("Logic Trees")
TP Impact on Management Skills
TOC Project Management
The TOC Financial Management System
TOC Logistics and Scheduling
The TOC Management System at Work
Where Did TOC Come From?
Why Do People Say They Like TOC
Who Has Used TOC?
APICS Constraint Management Symposia
Other Public Domain Indications of TOC Activity
Where is TOC Headed?
How Do I Get Started With TOC?
Company-Wide TOC Implementations
Starting as an Individual
TOC Resources for Self-Education
No Time Like the Present!
Epilogue: A Riddle, but Follow the Rules!