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Theory of Constraints and Healthcare

Theory of Constraints and HealthcareThe topic of TOC and Healthcare took center stage at the TOCICO International Conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, nearly a decade after the publication of We All Fall Down: Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints for Healthcare Systems, a business novel by Julie Wright and Russ King. The conference opened with the keynote, Improving Global Healthcare with the Theory of Constraints, by Alex Knight, a leading TOC practitioner in the field and founding partner of QFI Consulting, and was followed by workshops and a full day of presentations dedicated to the theme.

In another nod to the field, Omron Healthcare Company, Ltd., was granted the 2014 TOCICO International Achievement Award for “sustained excellence and demonstrated results utilizing TOC [and] significant contributions to the TOC Community.” Learn more in about Omron’s achievements in applying TOC in their conference presentation.

For those interested in learning more about applying the Theory of Constraints to healthcare, QFI Consulting offers a substantial library of free articles on topic.

TOCICO has also added a new healthcare portal to its website, with several video presentations archived free of charge.

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New TOC Title on Management Philosophy

Goldratt Theory of Constraints by Yishai AshlagNorth River Press, the exclusive U.S. publisher of books by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, is pleased to announce the publication of TOC Thinking: Removing Constraints for Business Growth by Yishai Ashlag.

Dr. Goldratt is known worldwide as the father of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a philosophy he first introduced in his bestselling book, The Goal, in 1984, and expanded upon in subsequent titles. He died in 2011. Ashlag worked closely with Goldratt, who was also his father-in-law.

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IndustryWeek “Best Plants” Use TOC

Theory of Constraints Deployment“More than one-third of respondents have extensively implemented it, and more than 80% are making some use of TOC,” reads the Benchmark Brief sent out in the February 18, 2014 edition of Industry Week’s Continuous Improvement newsletter. The brief points out that despite the fact that Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints may not “garner the same attention as lean manufacturing or Six Sigma,” its employment by Industry Week’s Best Plants winners and finalists is “robust.”

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Amazon CEO Had Top Execs Read Goldratt Classic The Goal

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 10.52.38 AMIn a recent interview about the release of the Kindle Fire Tablet, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talked about the all-day book clubs he hosted with top Amazon executives, and how the three titles he choose provided “frameworks for sketching out the future of the company.” Bezos discusses this management approach in an on-air interview with CNBC Tech Correspondent Jon Fortt, who revealed the three titles in a subsequent Linkedin Today article.

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Marlin Steel President’s Tribute to Eli Goldratt featured in Inc. Magazine

Goldratt Theory of Constraints“Transformation comes in unexpected places. I met the father of the ‘Theory of Constraints’ just once, but his impact was profound.”

In “The Man Who Saved My Company,” published this week in Inc. magazine, Marlin Steel President Drew Greenblatt pays tribute to Eli Goldratt, who passed away on June 11, 2011.

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