Theory of Constraints: Creative Problem Solving

Umesh P. Nagarkatte, Nancy Oley

© 2018 - Productivity Press
Published December 15, 2017
Reference - 290 Pages - 113 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138056053 - CAT# K33260

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  • Teaches one how to think "out-of-the box," how to go beyond one’s familiar assumptions by challenging them. Once mastered, TOC becomes a part of the learner’s general approach to systematic thinking. The reader learns how to resolve any conflict with a win-win solution, solve problems systematically, and make decisions that do not lead to negative consequences in the long run.
  • Teaches Theory of Constraints and Thinking Processes rigorously, using familiar examples and without requiring specialized training.
  • Teaches how to resolve various types of conflicts and predict the consequences of any proposed actions without having to actually experience them.
  • Teaches "Systems Thinking" in academia. TOC/TP is currently used extensively in business and industry for systems analysis, but is largely unknown in academia.


This book was written to assist professionals and students to become proactive in their own education, improve thinking, resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts, improve pedagogy, manage departmental affairs and guide administrative decisions. The text captures the practical experience of the authors with and formal training in TOC to address many of the issues facing today’s education stakeholders.

The text is designed to teach methods for 1) "win-win" conflict resolution, 2) decision-making, 3) problem solving, and 4) analysis of systems using TOC’s powerful logic-based graphical Thinking Process tools. A creative thinker can identify, plan and achieve his or her goals just knowing the Thinking Process Tools.


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