Top 10 Supply Chain Books Goldratt The Goal

Though none of these books are The Goal, these are my top 10 supply chain books that aren’t The Goal, even though they are all written by the same author, Eliyahu M. Goldratt. I own and have read all of these books except #10, thus why it’s in last place. I ranked these in the order that I enjoyed them most. Let me know your favorite!

If I had to pick only one from this list, it would be Beyond The Goal, though it’s only available in audio format but does come with slides that accompany the reading. I lent this audio set out to my previous Director of Operations, reminds me to

About the Author

Eliyahu M. Goldratt is best known as the father of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a process of ongoing improvement that continuously identifies and leverages a system’s constraints in order to achieve its goals. His business novel, The Goal, has been recognized as one of the bestselling business books of all time.

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Top 10 Supply Chain Books that Aren’t The Goal @GoldrattBooks

#1 Beyond The Goal

Since it was first introduced in the multi-million-copy best seller The Goal, Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC) has emerged as one of the most flexible and effective approaches to management and problem solving in the corporate world. Now taught in business schools everywhere and successfully used in companies of all sizes around the world, TOC has changed the way a generation of professionals maximize profits and resources by focusing on and clearing the constraints that get in their way.

In Beyond The Goal, Dr. Goldratt elaborates on his profoundly influential theories in a straightforward, practical, and pragmatic presentation designed to help you put these powerful ideas to valuable use. Speaking with the brilliance and insight that has made him a sought-after teacher and top consultant, Dr. Goldratt addresses some of the most asked-about elements of understanding and applying TOC, including:

  • The basic assumptions of TOC
  • Why management assumptions must be changed to obtain lasting, bottom-line results
  • What is necessary and sufficient to establish a foundation for future success
  • The rules of operations, project management, and distribution
  • How to implement TOC as a holistic approach to continuous improvement

Whether you’re new to Dr. Goldratt’s philosophy, or a TOC veteran looking for fresh strategies for turning turn concepts into consequences, Beyond The Goal makes it abundantly clear why joining the Theory of Constraints revolution has never been easier, or more important for your company and your career.

#2 Isn’t It Obvious? Retailing and the Theory of Constraints

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal; Isn't it Obvious?

THIS BOOK DOES FOR RETAILING WHAT GOLDRATT’S INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER, “THE GOAL” DID FOR MANUFACTURING. A breakthrough solution is exposed when some unexpected events force Caroline and Paul, a married couple working for their family’s retail business, to make a few small changes in the way things are done. A solution that propels the family’s regional chain of stores into a very profitable, rapidly growing, international enterprise. If there is a hint of Jonah, from THE GOAL, reappearing in this novel, it is Henry, the soon-to-retire president and majority owner of the company who logically states that, “if you do not deal directly with the core problem, don’t expect significant improvement.” Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints is woven throughout this book but answers are not handed to you. The reader, along with the characters in the book, work through the process together to discover solutions. The elegant but simple solutions give the reader that sensation that followers love about Goldratt: “Ah-ha! Now I get it!” And that’s when Goldratt says: “Isn’t It Obvious?”

#3 It’s Not Luck

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal; It's not luck

Using the unique business-novel format, It’s Not Luck continues the story of The Goal protagonist Alex Rogo as he navigates a new set of challenges facing the now over-diversified and under-profitable UniCo, where he has risen to the rank of division manager. 

With an engaging voice and dynamic plot, Goldratt shows how to apply his Theory of Constraints (TOC) to achieve ongoing improvement in sales and marketing, inventory control, and production distribution. In addition, he introduces techniques for successful conflict resolution on both a business and a personal level.

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#4 Critical Chain – A Business Novel

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal; Critical Chain

“Critical Chain,” a gripping fast-paced business novel, does for Project Management what Eli Goldratt’s other novels have done for Production and Marketing. Dr. Goldratt’s books have transformed the thinking and actions of management throughout the world.

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#5 The Choice

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal

The Choice, revised edition, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag 

Goldratt presents his thought provoking approach, this time through a conversation with his daughter Efrat, as he explains to her his fundamental system of beliefs. The revised edition includes Efrat’s own notes and maps (charts) she made during her conversations with her father, helping the reader determine the true essence of the book. 

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#6 Necessary But Not Sufficient

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal

After reading the newspapers and following the sharp oscillations of the stock market, it becomes apparent that hi-tech companies are of a different breed. Never before have the chances of making a fortune been so realistic and never before have large companies been so fragile. What is really going on inside these hi-tech companies? What types of pressures and challenges are they facing? And how do they cope?

Computer software providers, especially the ones that specialize in handling the data needs of organizations, are prime examples of these volatile companies. In the nineties we witnessed their growth from small businesses into multi-billion dollar giants. No wonder investors were attracted.

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#7 Late Night Discussions

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal

This collection of Late Night Discussions originally appeared as a monthly column in Industry Week magazine.

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#8 The Haystack Syndrome: Sifting Information Out of the Data Ocean

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal

A “must” for every manager concerned with meeting the challenges of the 21st century. You’ll see the differences between data and information in a new light, and understand precisely how misunderstanding those differences can affect the quality of your decision-making process. Starting with the structure of an organization, The Haystack Syndrome ends with a detailed description of the logic that must underpin the information system for any organization to maximize effectiveness.

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#9 The Race

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal; The Race

The Race is an unusual book. Its messages can be grasped simply by looking through the graphics. It can be understood better by reading the accompanying text. It is even more deeply grasped and useful when manufacturing people at all levels discuss its implications and application to their own environment. The Race enables you to derive a superior system – Drum-Buffer-Rope – for generating continual logistical improvements. It also illustrates how to focus on the process improvements that will have the greatest impact on your competitive edge. The epilogue and appendix quizzes will give the thoughtful reader insight in how to initiate and then extend a process of ongoing improvement into other areas like marketing and financial control.

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#10 What Is This Thing Called Theory of Constraints

Top 10 Supply Chain Books That's not  The Goal

Theory of Constraints walks you through the crucial stages of a continuous program: the five steps of focusing; the process of change; how to prove effect-cause-effect; and how to invent simple solutions to complex problems. Equally important, the author reveals the devastating impact that an organization’s psychology can have on the process of improvements. Theory of Constraints is a crucial document for understanding what it takes to achieve manufacturing breakthroughs.

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