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Goldratt Foundation Grants Program Update:

Theory of Constraints: A Research Data Base

The TOCICO is honored to present to the TOCICO world community the ongoing, exceptional accomplishments of Prof. Vicky Mabin, Professor of Management at Victoria Business School, and Maryam Mirzaei, PhD Researcher at Victoria Business School, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Vicky and Maryam have spent countless hours researching and assembling the Theory of Constraints: A Research Data Base.

A Bit of History:

Over the last 30 years there has been much interest and research using Dr Eliyahu M. Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC).

TOC has led to dramatic improvements in factories, hospitals, projects, government departments – in fact, it has been applied to almost every area of human endeavor and the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) portals demonstrate thiswide-ranging influence.

Because of this wide applicability, papers have been published in a variety of journals, under many different disciplines and application areas.

We felt there was a need to find out what research others have done, so we can avoid 'reinventing the wheel' and build on each other's advances to progress TOC more rapidly.

However, scholars and researchers can find it pretty hard to locate these papers with searches on terms as general as 'theory', 'constraints', and 'TOC'!

This database of TOC articles, books and conference papers was started back in 1996, with its first bibliography published in 2000 by Vicky Mabin and Steven Balderstone. It now covers over 30 years of TOC history. The full database was refined manually selecting any publications that either debate or improve elements of TOC or describe applications of the method, and the items were then categorized.

Vicky and Maryam have recently searched the literature again and updated their records, which are now current through 2015. They have assembled over 4000 articles, books, and conference papers, on all areas of TOC. The database contains journal articles and conference papers, to complement the listing of TOC books compiled by Prof Jim Cox, which is available on the TOCICO website

Theory of Constraints: A Research Database has four categories:

  1. Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)
  2. Thinking Processes
  3. Throughput Accounting and
  4. Supply Chain and Operations Management

This evolving database will be published via regularly updated spreadsheets that build on the great work done to date, and available as a downloadable resource for researchers and practitioners alike.

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) Research Database aims to support collaboration between researchers and practitioners in the field and includes downloadable spreadsheets containing details of thousands of TOC publications including journal articles and papers from conference proceedings, bibliographical details, abstracts and links to online resources for each item, and copies of papers are included where possible.

The TOC Database is searchable, allowing you to locate a particular item of interest and can be used to:

  • Collaborate with researchers on TOC – related topics
  • Connect with people who are published on TOC
  • Discover what others have found using TOC
  • Examine what has been published on TOC so you can use it to help you in your work
  • Find where TOC has been applied


Vicky and Maryam are enthusiastic about the possibility of collaborative research, so please get in touch to discuss the options by emailing

Critical Funding for completion of the work on this TOC Database was provided by the generous support of the Goldratt Foundation and the Victoria University of Wellington.

For more information and to access the TOC research database go to Click Here.