7 - A Literature Review of Traditional Planning and Control Systems

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 1216 pages
The definitive guide to the theory of constraints

In this authoritative volume, the world's top Theory of Constraints (TOC) experts reveal how to implement the ground-breaking management and improvement methodology developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Theory of Constraints Handbook offers an in-depth examination of this revolutionary concept of bringing about global organization performance improvement by focusing on a few leverage points of the system. Clear explanations supplemented by examples and case studies define how the theory works, why it works, what issues are resolved, and what benefits accrue, and demonstrate how TOC can be applied to different industries and situations.

Theory of Constraints Handbook covers:

  • Critical Chain Project Management for realizing major improvements in delivering projects on time, to specification, and within budget
  • Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR), Buffer Management, and distribution for maximizing throughput and minimizing flow time
  • Performance measures for applying Throughput Accounting to improve organizational performance
  • Strategy, marketing, and sales techniques designed to increase sales closing rates and Throughput
  • Thinking Processes for simple and complex environments
  • TOC methods to ensure that services actions support escalating demand for services while retaining financial viability
  • Integrating the TOC Thinking Processes, the Strategy and Tactic Tree, TOC measurements, the Five Focusing Steps of TOC, and Six Sigma as a system of tools for sustainable improvement

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Literature on Precursors of TOC and DBR
Literature on DBR Scheduling
Special Cases
Buffer Management Literature
TOC and Distribution
Problems with DBR
Summary and Conclusions
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John H. Blackstone, Jr., is a Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Georgia. He has taught courses in Operations Management, Productivity Management, and Quality Management and Manufacturing Simulation to graduate and undergraduate students. John began his teaching career in 1979 at Auburn University and transferred to the University of Georgia in 1983. John was introduced to the concepts of Eli Goldratt when he read an article in Fortune in the fall of 1983 and attended a lecture by Bob Fox at the APICS Zero Inventory Crusade that same year. When "The Goal" was published in 1984, John began using the book as part of his Operations Management course and continues to use it. John attended a Jonah Course in January 1989, and for about three years helped to teach the course to both practitioners and academics.

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