About the TOC Institute
The TOC Institute equips businesses to "strive for the impossible" by applying Eli Goldratt's Theory of Constraints. We focus on:
Who We Are
TOCI is a group of experts from around the world focused on accelerating the economic prosperity and growth of developing nations. It was established as a tribute to the late Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt to carry on his life's work to "teach the world to think."
Relevance Above Research
In his journey to establish business as a science, Dr. Goldratt urged the TOC community to "Never say I know." There is just so much more to be discovered and explored!
Nevertheless, we believe that today's constraint to widespread improvement is less to do with achieving further advances in the body of knowledge and more to do with creating awareness and interest in the Theory of Constraints. Hence, we do not seek to become the next-generation pioneers of TOC knowledge, so much as it's grandstand promoters.
In other words, our bias is towards making the latest TOC knowledge more accessible, captivating and implementable, rather than towards producing volumes of original research.
We draw on a pool of TOC experts from among leading consultants, educationists and retired executives that forms our Global Network.
Why? Because we don’t pretend that one size fits all. We don’t claim to know what clients need before we’ve met, listened, asked questions, tested ideas.
People come to the TOC Institute because they want the right expertise, industry experience, regional depth and global footprint for their situation, their business culture, their industry and their location. At the TOC Institute, the GFN team identifies, selects and deploys faculty from around the world, always with an eye toward clients' desired outcomes, constraints and budgets.
We work hard to ensure a tight fit between program and faculty: projects are designed in response to an organization’s specific pain points, and we ensure the right faculty mix by working closely with our client while assembling the team.
The TOC Institute is bound by neither time or space. We take manager to the front lines to search of constraints and to discover new opportunities to drive significant improvements. We never advocate disruptive travel nor long-term separation from day-to-day responsibilities, and always seek to work through local training facilities, face-to-face online, or even live on-site. We believe that the ultimate test of knowledge is application. Hence, we bring the learning as close to the need as possible.
Gemba (現場) is Japanese for "the real place." Japanese detectives refer to the crime scene as gemba, and Japanese TV reporters "report live from the gemba." In business, gemba refers to the place where value is created for example the factory floor in manufacturing. In kaizen, gemba is where the opportunities to improve become most visible; difficult problems can be solved only by spending time there. To be truly customer-driven, one must go to the customer's gemba, understand their problems, and use all five senses to gather and process data. Gemba can refer to any "site" such as a construction site, sales floor or the place where the service agent interacts with the customer.
The TOC Institute Seal
The TOC Institute Seal depicts three foundational beliefs:
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