N&S Series - 1. The Reason for Technology

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt



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48 min.

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Academics, Consultants, Executives, Managers and Students


Software and Strategy and Tactics




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Dr. Goldratt shows the reason for technology and provides proof that any technology is necessary but not sufficient demonstrated on two extreme examples: MRP and ERP.

Technology can bring benefit if, and only if, it diminishes a limitation. Long before the availability of technology, we developed modes of behavior (policies, measurements and rules) to help us accommodate our limitations. But what benefits will any technology bring if we neglect to change the rules? How does the Theory of Constraints provide an answer?

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This session, as well as the complete N&S Series, is designed for those who...

  • Want to understand the Theory of Constraints (TOC) concept regarding Technology, directly from Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, developer of TOC, and expand their understanding of the value of technology, unveiling some of management assumptions that need to be changed to build upon it
  • Are struggling and questioning the implementation of information systems such as ERP and want to know why and what can be done
  • Need a concise introductory level resource for self-study, training or buy-in. - Are looking for an overview of the TOC applications
  • Have just heard about the TOC and want a concise and practical explanation about "what is the Theory of Constraints (TOC)?"
  • Read The Goal, Critical Chain or any other TOC book, and want to learn how the concepts presented are applied to different areas of an organization: production, project management, distribution, measurements, information systems and technology

The benefits of Technology

The search for the new rules

The MRP Technology

  • What is the main power of MRP?
  • What limitation does it diminish?
  • What rules helped us to accommodate the limitation?
  • What rules should we use now?

The ERP Technology

  • What is the main power of ERP?
  • What limitation does it diminish?
  • What rules helped us to accommodate the limitation?
  • What rules should we use now?


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