Biography of Eli Goldratt


Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt was an educator, author, scientist, philosopher, and business leader.  But he was, first and foremost, a thinker who provoked others to think.  Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Dr. Goldratt exhorted his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

Dr. Goldratt created and developed the Theory of Constraints (TOC), an overall framework for helping organizations and individuals to determine:

     •  What to change---find and use the leverage point
     •  What to change to---create the simple, practical solutions
     •  How to cause the change---build a secure and stable improvement environment.

Dr. Goldratt was an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management philosophies and systems.  He was a sought-after educator by many of the world’s largest corporations, including General Motors, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, NV Philips, ABB and Boeing.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy from Bar-Ilan University.  In addition to his pioneering work in business Management and education, he held patents in a number of areas ranging from medical devices to drip irrigation to temperature sensors.

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt was the founder of TOC for Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing TOC ideals to teachers. After retiring from the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute in the mid 90s, he founded Goldratt’s Marketing Group to make the TOC knowledge available to the market in the form of self learning resources, Goldratt Consulting to bring companies to being ever-flourishing, and Goldratt Schools to teach and train individuals seeking to expand their TOC knowledge – the Goldratt Group was created.

The purpose of the Goldratt Group is to Make TOC the main way of managing organization - an effective platform to improve business productivity in Production, Supply Chain & Distribution, Project Management and Retail, enhancing the quality of decision-making, improving communication and stimulating new solutions. As such, Dr. Goldratt spend his last 10 years actively involved in consulting, developing and being as provocative as ever.

The TOC concepts were first illustrated in his best selling book “THE GOAL”, a non-traditional approach to convey knowledge --it is a business textbook written in novel form, disguised as a love story. The books that followed were “THE RACE”, “WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED TOC?”, “THE HAYSTACK SYNDROME”, ”PRODUCTION THE TOC WAY”, “IT’S NOT LUCK”, “CRITICAL CHAIN”, “NECESSARY BUT NOT SUFFICIENT”, “ISN’T IT OBVIOUS”, and “THE CHOICE”.  He was a frequent contributor to scientific journals, magazines and business publications and sat on several editorial boards.

One of Goldratt’s masterpieces is an eight session educational series:  THE GOLDRATT SATELLITE PROGRAM (GSP Series).  This series is a common sense approach to business that provides a global picture that illustrates how functions/departments fit together allowing managers to obtain a solid grasp of seeing the company as a whole.  Following the Goldratt Satellite Program Dr. Goldratt teamed up with his son Rami Goldratt to create the TOC INSIGHTS.  This interactive computer learning program is one of the best overall introductions to the applications of TOC. 

The implementation know-how for the TOC solution for Project environments and Make to Availability environments to create a decisive competitive edge are presented in detail in the Goldratt Webcast Series, today available as the GOLDRATT STRATEGY AND TACTIC PROGRAM (GST Series).

On the road teaching and learning and writing, Eli Goldratt was active until his untimely death in June 2011. The video recordings of his presentations, programs and series are available on

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