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TOCICO 2013 International Conference Call for Papers

The 2013 TOCICO conference will explore TOC existing knowledge, from the basic introduction of TOC, through the practical use of TOC in numerous implementations, up to the advanced level and examine new knowledge in the making.

Call for Papers is closed!

The Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) solicits papers and presentations for its 2013 International Conference in Bad Nauheim, Germany from 3rd June to 6th June. The TOCICO unites people who share a passion for win-win holistic thinking and share a vision that this will become the main way to manage organizations. The TOCICO is a global not-for-profit certification organization for TOC practitioners, consultants and academics to develop and administer certification standards, and facilitate the exchange of latest developments.

As such, TOCICO effectively enables and encourages worldwide efforts to further develop, classify, integrate, disseminate, and certify the TOC knowledge. A major element is the annual TOCICO International Conference which draws practitioners, consultants and academics, seasoned experts as well as novices.

The TOCICO board invites submissions consistent with the TOCICO focus discussing:

  • Application of TOC concepts to industry issues. See a list of possible industries in the submission requirements section
  • Case studies presented by company personnel
  • Workshops in TOC concepts
  • Theoretical and applied research in TOC concepts


Presentations sessions

A session consists of 90 minutes divided between presentations and a facilitated discussion and question and answer speaker segment (30 minutes).  Individual presentations are strictly limited to 30 minutes. Presenters are expected to participate in the discussion. The language of all conference presentation sessions is English.


Workshops provide a hands-on learning experience for participants and are assigned a 90-minute session.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park sessions are 30-minute sessions modeled on the experience one may get at the famous Speaker’s Corner on the boundary of London’s Hyde Park. There, anybody may talk about basically any lawful subject. A Hyde Park session is limited to 7 minutes of prepared speech on a controversial TOC-related subject. The balance of the 30 minutes is expected to be a facilitated discussion with the attendees.

Submissions must include a detailed abstract containing the following:

  • The provocative point to be discussed in 5-7 minutes
  • A counter – point argument statement – why will someone argue with you?
  • Provide a conflict cloud that the provocative statement is intended to resolve

Case Studies

Submissions must include a detailed abstract containing the following:

  • What to change?
  • What to change to?
  • How to cause the change?
  • Lessons learned?  Include successes, challenges, and obstacles and how they were overcome.

A case study describing an application or implementation at a specific, named company may only be submitted if at least one of the authors is a representative of that company and if that person agrees to (co-) present at the TOCICO conference. The TOCICO reserves the right to withdraw case studies from the program if the company representative is not registered by April 15 or is not present at the conference.

New Knowledge and Research (Presentation and Publication)

This track represents presentations (and supporting manuscripts) describing major contributions to the TOC body of knowledge. Many TOCICO presentations are case studies and are seldom generalized to the model development stage of research. A couple examples of presentations suitable for this track might be appropriate: A summarization and extrapolation of existing non-profit performance measurement applications to a general performance measurement model for non-profit organizations; an analysis linking several different supply chain applications to the generic supply chain strategy and tactics tree describing the various changes in assumptions and injections to accommodate different product, market, industry, etc. characteristics. The objective of this tract is to identify new theoretical models assimilating the knowledge gained from individual case studies.  

An initial abstract should provide the following:

  • How is the proposed paper new knowledge?
  • What is the relationship to existing accepted strategy and tactic trees?

All submitted work must be original and not have been published elsewhere. If accepted, the paper shall be submitted for blind peer review. Peer-reviewed papers will be published by the TOCICO in written and/or electronic form. Papers accepted for publication must be presented at the conference. There is no pre-defined page limit. However, papers will be judged based on their contribution relative to their length.



All submissions shall identify their intended audience and level:

  • General audience – Target audience is attendees with TOC knowledge and experience on the level of TOCICO’s Fundamentals Exam.
  • Advanced topics – Target audience is attendees with in-depth knowledge and experience in a given TOC application area on the level of the respective Certification
  • New Knowledge – Target audience is attendees with broad and deep knowledge and experience in several TOC application areas.


All submissions shall identify the format:

  • Presentation
  • "Hyde Park”
  • Workshop
  • Case Study


All submissions shall identify the specific industry:

  • Manufacturing
  • Service (private)
  • Education
  • Government and public service/sector
  • Engineer-to-order
  • Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul
  • Retail
  • Distribution
  • Finance and Banking
  • Other (please specify)

Abstract and Presentation Requirements

  1. All submissions must be in English. All presentations will be in English unless specifically requested.
  2. All submissions must include an abstract per the following guideline.
  3. A 2-page abstract that will describe the presentation content for use by the conference content committee to select the program
  4. A summary of approximately 200 words should be submitted for use in the conference program
  5. The submission must include a short biography of the author(s) and a digital picture.
  6. All abstracts shall provide the following:
    • Names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author listed first
    • Title
    • 3 Learning objectives
    • 3 questions somebody would ask at the end of the presentation, speech or workshop to elaborate on the subject and improve understanding and transfer of ideas
  7. The author(s) agrees to amend their submission based on feedback from the conference committee.
  8. All authors must use the TOCICO presentation template.
  9. All authors must sign a copyright release form. The TOCICO reserves the right to withdraw submissions from the program if copyright release has not been granted.
  10. Presentations, speeches, and workshops shall not contain advertisement for companies, products, or services. Company logos are not to be added to the provided TOCICO presentation template. Violations may result in exclusion from future calls for papers.
  11. Abstracts are due by December 31.  Successful presenters are expected to be notified by February 10.
  12. The final PPT presentation is due by April 15th, 2013.

To ensure a balanced selection of presentations, a Speaker Selection Committee has been formed. This committee reviews and evaluates all papers submitted. Speakers will be selected on the basis of subject interest, suitability, topicality and quality of the abstract submitted. Preference will be given to case studies and new ideas, with reference to the theme of the conference. Selection of papers will be made by the Speaker Selection Committee and that decision is final.  The committee adheres strictly to the published schedule.  Late submissions will not be considered.  On line submission is the preferred method.

To keep our conference as affordable as possible for all members, the TOCICO conference committee can unfortunately not provide any support or discount to speakers on travel and or accommodation fees. There is a discount in conference registration that just covers costs for the organization. In order to qualify for the lowest possible registration fees, please note that as a speaker, you will qualify for the "academic" registration fee. The process of registering for the 2013 TOCICO Annual Conference can be completed on-line at

We want to stress that the purpose of this event is NOT to sell or market your products directly but to share your valuable insights into new developments, integration and implementation experiences. Presenters may not add their company logo to the standard conference presentation template. There are exhibition opportunities and sponsorships available for marketing purposes. Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

The TOCICO Speaker Selection Committee can be contacted at