Constraint management within manufacturing: Optimising the global supply chain

Ted Hutchin



Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Introductory and Intermediate


192 pages

Designed for:

Consultants, Managers and Shop Floor workers


Change Management/Buy-In, Operations/Production and Supply Chain


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Focusing on making money out of the supply chain, this book describes how to successfully manage manufacturing companies in today´s global context. The text explores how constraint management, with roots in the Theory of Constraints, produces wealth through the development of manufacturers´strengths.

Constraint Management in Manufacturing: Optimizing the Global Supply Chain is for both practitioners and researchers alike. It is an instructional tool for anyone teaching operations management and related subjects, and is a valuable guide for those striving to improve the performance of their own companies.

The text draws on the author´s own experiences implementing constraint management within UK manufacturing, using case studies to highlight the key issues that enhance bottom-line performance. It examines the role of new product development, production, distribution, team development, and the strategic focus required to turn the supply chain/revenue chain into a true value stream for any company.


  • Understanding the pressure to succeed
  • The revenue chain and the impact it has
  • The full enterprise analysis methodology
  • Managing new product development
  • Managing production
  • Getting the product to the customer
  • The strategic importance of managing change
  • Pulling it all together: Gaining a true enterprise focus