The Goal- Eliyahu Goldratt


No beating around the bush for a straightforward book like The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt.

Cheers to Goldratt’s suggestive fictive spell than something like “7 habits of highly productive manufacturing/supply chain professionals”. It suggestively, through the story, puts forth Goldratt’s TOC and talks about work efficiency and work-life balance.

Set in the fictional vicinity of “Bearington”, Alex Rogo heads a manufacturing plant of UniCo and is given three months to either show productivity or the plant will be shut down (courtesy: confrontation between Mr. Peach (Division Vice President of the company and Rogo). Rogo is a dedicated workaholic with a slipping career and breaking marital life.

Rogo runs into his college physics’ teacher- Jonah who shows up now and then in the story and lets Rogo realize how to improve his throughput and operational efficiency. Gradual improvement also lets Rogo work on his personal life.

Goldratt’s Theory of constraints is a component of the popular TLC methodology. For an accounting perspective of TOC further go on to read- “The Theory of Constraints and Its Implications for Management Accounting” by Noreen, Smith, and Mackey.

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