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TOCICO 2015 Call for Papers and Presentations

Deadline for submissions December 15, 2014


The Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) solicits papers and presentations for its 2015 International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. 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 theme is Transform: Self-Industry-Country-Economy-Healthcare-Education

How has TOC helped in delivering a huge vision? Show how the application of the S&T drove the direction of the steps taken to gain phenomenal results thereby obtaining significant Individual, Organizational, Industrial, Economic, Healthcare, or Country based transformation. And, show through your experiences based on the transformation process, the newly acquired knowledge of, "This is where we can go”.

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

Conference Format

Presentation sessions

A session consists of 90 minutes each. This session is divided into three presentations and facilitated discussion and question and answers session (30 minutes each). Please note that there is no buffer for time-overruns of individual presentations of 30 minutes. Presenters are requested to stay for the entire session and are invited to take part in the discussion. 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 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?
  • The facilitator will provide a conflict cloud that the provocative statement is intended to resolve. This will aid in enhancing the discussion

Case Studies

Submissions must include a detailed abstract containing the following:

  • What needed to be changed?
  • What was the intended future state?
  • How was the transformation accomplished?
  • What were the lessons learned? This point should 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 August 1, 2015 or is not present at the conference. Case Studies will be assigned 30 minutes.

New Knowledge and Research (Presentation and Publication)

This track represents presentations (and supporting manuscripts) 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 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, after the conference 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.

Submission Requirements


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
  • New Knowledge and Research (Presentation and Publication)


All submissions shall identify the specific industry:

  • Manufacturing
  • Service (private)
  • Education
  • Government and public service/sector
  • Healthcare 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.  
  2. All submissions must include an abstract per the following guidelines.

· A full abstract of about 2 pages will describe the presentation content for use by the conference content  committee to select the program

· A summary of no more than 200 words should be submitted for use in the conference program.

· A list of at least 6 key words that will be used as part of the search component on the TOCICO website.

  1. The submission must include a short biography of the author(s) and a high resolution, color, digital picture.
  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 ideas

  1. The author(s) agree to amend their submission based on feedback from the conference committee.
  2. All authors must use the presentation template provided by TOCICO.
  3. All selected presenters must submit a 2-3 minute video clip outlining the summarized content of their presentation on MP4 or Windows Media Player formats
  4. 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.
  5. Presentations, speeches, 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.
  6. Abstracts are due by December 15, 2014. 
  7. Successful presenters are expected to be notified by January 15, 2015.
  8. The final ppt presentation is due for review by the conference presentation committee by July 31, 2015
  9. Final papers are due by August 15, 2015

Presenters must inform the TOCICO of any software program needs for presentations by July 31, 2015