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TOCICO 2016 Call for Papers and Presentations


2016 TOCICO International Conference, Leesburg, VA, September 18-21
TOC has been highly successful in all industries, including education, healthcare and government. Quite often manager’s implement solutions to their organizational problems that are based on their intuition, which is often wrong. This is where Theory of Constraints processes prove to be invaluable. Even the most complex problems can be addressed with quite simple yet very powerful solutions. The implementation of Theory of Constraints has enabled managers to focus on and resolve the core conflicts in their organizations with win-win solutions, thereby moving their organizations to increasing levels of success.

However, achieving one decisive edge after another is required to sustain exponential goal growth over time. Common sense solutions must become common practice. BUT HOW?

The 2016 TOCICO International Conference will focus on the necessary processes to ensure sustainability of the TOC solutions.

Submissions will be accepted for manufacturing and service sectors, including government and healthcare, for-profit and for-purpose organizations.

" Eli Goldratt stated that, "The best solutions start with the right questions…”.
All submission abstracts and presentations must address the following questions structure:

Step 1: What to Change?
Step 2: What to Change to?
Step 3: How to cause the Change?

In addition to addressing Eli’s three change questions, each submission will include the following:

A) Why was there a need for change?
B) How do you measure, refocus, sustain and grow the change?

The TOCICO board invites submissions discussing:·
  • Presentations of application of TOC concepts to industry issues·
  • Workshops in TOC concepts·
  • Hyde Park presentations ·
  • Case studies presented by company personnel.·
  • New knowledge and research of theoretical and applied research in TOC concepts (presentation & related paper submission required)
The language of all conference sessions is English.
Presentation sessions
A 90-minute session features three 30-minute presentations. Each 30-minute session includes a facilitated discussion and question and answer opportunities as time allows.
Workshops provide a hands-on learning experience for participants and will be assigned a 90-minute session. Please note whether your workshop focuses on basic, intermediate or advanced TOC knowledge.
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 any lawful subject. A Hyde Park session is 30 minutes long with a limit of 7 minutes of prepared speech on a controversial TOC-related subject. The remaining 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 presenter will provide a conflict cloud that the provocative statement is intended to resolve. This will aid in enhancing the discussion
Case Studies
A case study will describe an application or implementation at a specific, named organization and may only be submitted if at least one of the authors is a representative of that organization and if that person agrees to (co-) present at the TOCICO conference. Case studies may be assigned 45 or 60 minutes per session. The Conference Submission Review Committee will make this determination.

Submission abstracts and presentations must follow the 5 Step process stated above and also include:
  • A focus on presenting their sustainability strategies and tactics, now and in the future.
  • What were the lessons learned? This point should include successes, challenges, and obstacles and how they were overcome.
The TOCICO reserves the right to withdraw case studies from the program if the organization representative is not registered by August 1, 2016 or is not present at the conference.
Technology companies are invited to present the concepts of their technological solutions.
Eli Goldratt provided us with the six questions specific to any technology: "solution – from "Necessary But Not Sufficient": Technology can bring benefits if, and only if, it diminishes a limitation.”
Submissions for technology presentations must answer the following six questions:
  1. What is the power of the new technology?
  2. What current limitation does the new technology eliminate or vastly reduce?
  3. What policies, norms, measurements and behaviors are used today to bypass the above limitation?
  4. What policies, norms and behaviors should be used once the new technology is in place?
  5. Do the new rules require any change in the way we use the technology?
  6. How to cause the change?
Technology presentations must not be marketing for company software specific products or services.
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.

New Knowledge presentations must follow the Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (SOTSOG) process:

The concept behind SOTSOG:

The fundamental belief that we are working with in the Standing On the Shoulders of Giants process is that knowledge is infinite. It’s the recognition, understanding and the conviction that says the bigger more solid the base of the knowledge that we are standing on, the higher the jump in performance is available to us.

If we know the potential huge jump in performance of the area being addressed, just because we have established a bigger and broader base of knowledge, how do we find it?
  1. Identify a "giant” not a choopchick. - Intuition will guide you - It needs to be an important enough subject for you.
  2. Identify the enormity of the area not addressed by the giant. - Reality gives the signals so much more can be done based on what has already been achieved. - You are aiming for a broader, not more confined, area than what was addressed by the giant.
  3. Get on the giant’s shoulders. - Gain the historic perspective - understand the giant’s solution better than he did.
  4. Identify the conceptual difference between the reality that was improved so dramatically by the giant, and the area untouched.
  5. Identify the wrong assumption - Valid in the area it worked – not valid in the area where it doesn’t.
  6. Conduct a full analysis to determine the core problem, solution, etc.

For SOTSOG Process details see:

A. Two Day Eli Goldratt Upgrade Workshop-Day 1 Part 1 by Lisa Scheinkopf, 2011 TOCICO International Conference.

B. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Production concepts versus production applications, The Hitachi Tool Engineering example. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, 2008.

Examples of presentations might be: A summarization and extrapolation of existing non-profit performance measurement applications to a general performance measurement model for nonprofit 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 track is to identify new theoretical models assimilating the knowledge gained from individual case studies.

An initial abstract should provide the following:

  • What is the new knowledge?
  • What is the impact of the new knowledge to the 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 electronic and possibly hard copy form. There is no pre-defined page limit. However, papers will be judged based on their contribution relative to their length. Final papers for accepted New Knowledge Presentations shall be submitted by October 15, 2016.


All submissions shall identify their intended audience and level:
  1. General audience - Target audience is attendees with TOC knowledge and experience on the level of TOCICO’s Fundamentals Exam.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 sector (private)
  • Education including K-12 education
  • Government and public service/sector
  • Healthcare sector
  • Engineer-to-order
  • Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul
  • Personal Focus
  • Retail
  • Distribution
  • Finance and Banking· Technology
  • Other (please specify)
1. All submissions must be in English.

2. All submissions must include an abstract per the following guidelines and those previously stated.

    • 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.

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

4. All abstracts shall provide the following in addition to the abstracts:

    • Names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author listed first
    • Title
    • 3 Learning objectives
    • 3 questions attendees might ask at the end of the presentation, speech or workshop to elaborate on the subject and improve understanding and transfer of ideas.

5. The author(s) agree to amend their submission based on feedback from the conference committee.

6. All authors must use the presentation template provided by TOCICO.

7. Selected presenters are invited to submit a 2 to 3-minute overview of their presentation, and invitation to their session.The TOCICO will provide a PPT slide show template with instructions that will be used with a speaker voice over. We will work with presenters to record your session descriptions and invitation slide shows. Presenters who wish to develop a production level video clip outlining the content of their presentation and invitation to attend their session may do so on MP4 or Windows Media Player formats.

8. All authors must sign a copyright release form allowing the TOCICO to videotape the session and place it on the TOCICO website. The TOCICO reserves the right to withdraw submissions from the program if copyright release has not been granted. The copyright release will be included as part of the abstract submission process.

9. We want to stress that the purpose of all presentations at this event is not to sell or market your products directly but to share your valuable insights into new developments, integration and implementation experiences. 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.

There are exhibition opportunities and sponsorships available for marketing purposes. Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

  1. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2016.
  2. Successful presenters are expected be notified by April 15, 2016.
  3. Initial PPT draft presentation is due by July 15, 2016 to be reviewed by Conference Presentation Committee.
  4. Presenters must inform the TOCICO of any software program needs by July 31, 2016.
  5. The final PPT presentation is due for review by the review committee by August 15, 2016.
  6. Final papers for accepted New Knowledge Presentations shall be submitted by October 15, 2016.

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 TOCICO Speaker Selection Committee can be contacted at