Introduction to TOC - My Perspective (Chapter 1 of the Theory of Constraints Handbook)

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt


Level of TOC knowledge acquired:



9 pages

Designed for:

Business owners, Consultants, Executives, Leaders and Managers







Dr. Goldratt, developer of TOC gives his perspective on what TOC is; its goals and objectives, and the state of its progress in bringing about improvement.

Dr. Goldratt discusses the evolution of TOC: how the identification of major system problems led to the development of solutions and significant system improvement only to surface the next system problem …. Thus the evolution of TOC followed the natural scientific approach to system improvement.

As the developer of Theory of Constraints, he has brought the mind of a scientist to the problems and needs of business, private sector organizations, and individuals. His scientific approach has led to the breaking of several business paradigms and the development of new simplified approaches to managing systems.

In the section, his chapter leads forward to the remainder of the book where the depth and scope of the TOC concepts are seen in action.


  • Focus
  • Constraints and Non-Constraints
  • Measurements
  • The Goal and The Race
  • Other Environments
  • The Thinking Processes
  • The Market Constraint
  • Capitalize and Sustain
  • Ever Flourishing
  • Strategy and Tactic Trees
  • New Frontiers

32 min, English

Complete Table of contents of the Theory of Constraints Handbook

About the Editors:

James F. Cox III, Ph.D, CFPIM, CIRM, holds TOCICO certifications in all disciplines. He is a Jonah's Jonah, Professor Emeritus, and was the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Dr. Cox has written three books on TOC.

John Schleier holds TOCICO certifications in all disciplines. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mortgage Services Division of Alltel, Inc., Executive Vice President of Computer Power, Inc., and Director of Office Systems and Data Delivery for IBM.


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