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TOCICO 2014 International Conference Call for Papers

The 2014 TOCICO conference will explore the application of the TOC existing knowledge as applied to focusing on better management with the emphasis on the wide-reaching insights of the TOC ideas that radiate from each specific topic area. These papers will range 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.


The Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) solicits papers and presentations for its 2014 International Conference in Washington DC. 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 International Conference which draws practitioners, consultants and academics, seasoned experts as well as novices.

This year’s conference will explore the application of the existing TOC knowledge with the emphasis on the wide-reaching insights of the TOC ideas that radiate from each specific topic area and from specific implementations to many other areas.

In addition to TOC Expert presentations on the more widely known applications of the TOC Management processes such as Project Management, Marketing, Finance & Measures and Production, the 2014 Conference will have a dual focus on the significant impact that Management the TOC Way is having on the Government/Public Sector and the Healthcare industry.

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


Presentation sessions

A session consists of 90 minutes divided into three 30 minute presentations. Each presentation will include a facilitated discussion and conclude with a question and answer segment. Please note that there is no buffer for time-overruns and individual presentations are strictly limited to 30 minutes. The language of all conference presentation sessions will be English.


Workshops provide a hands-on learning experience for participants and will be 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 describing major contributions to the TOC body of knowledge. The presentation time is 60 minutes to include discussion, question and answers. Many TOCICO presentations are case studies and are seldom generalized to the model development stage of research. A couple of examples of presentations suitable for this track might be appropriate: A summation 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 characteristics (short-shelf life goods, fashion goods, expensive goods, etc.), different markets, different industries, etc. 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?
  • The use of the "standing in the shoulders of giants” process might be useful here
  • All submitted work must be original and not have been published elsewhere
If accepted, after the presentation of the New Knowledge and Research at the conference, the paper shall be submitted for review in the TOCICO White Paper Series. Peer-reviewed papers will be published by the TOCICO in written and/or electronic form. There is no predefined 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.
  • Special Interests – Target audience is attendees in a specific industry such as healthcare or government, for example.


All submissions shall identify the format:

  • Presentation
  • "Hyde Park”
  • Workshop
  • Case Study
  • New Knowledge and Research (Presentation and Publication)


All submissions shall identify the specific industry:

  • Manufacturing
  • Services (general)
  • Government and public sector
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Project management (Engineer-to-order, software development, etc.)
  • 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 guidelines:

  • A 2 page abstract that will describe the presentation content for use by the conference content committee to select the program.
  • 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 idea.
  • The submission must include a short biography of the author(s) and a digital picture.
If your abstract is selected for presentation, the candidate will provide:
  1. A summary of approximately 200 words of the presentation that will be used in the conference program

  2. 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 idea
  3. The author(s) agrees to amend their submission based on feedback from the conference committee

  4. All authors must use the TOCICO presentation template

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Violations may result in exclusion from future call for papers.

  8. Abstracts are due by December 31st, 2013.  Successful presenters are expected to be notified by February 10th, 2014.

  9. Presenters must inform the TOCICO of any software program needs for their presentations by May 15th, 2014.

  10. The final PPT presentation is due by May 20th, 2014.

  11. Final Papers are due by May 20th, 2014.

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