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2017 Call for Papers
Berlin, Germany - July 16-19

The 2017 TOCICO International Conference will be held in Berlin, Germany.

The deadline for submissions is February 26. 2017

2017 also marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that started in Germany, and the city of Berlin has for many years been the epicenter of the historic separation between western and eastern blocks. How does this relate to TOC?

500 years ago many thought the Catholic Church had lost its focus and its actions and measures were taking it farther away from its mission rather than towards it. We see the same issues in many of today's organizations.

When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, this offered new opportunities and allowed people across the world to cooperate rather than fight each other. Wouldn't we like to see such a spirit of unity and connectedness in our organizations?

Instead of unifying organizations towards a common objective many efforts, measurements and policies often create competition for resources, foster local efficiencies and sub optimization, thus strengthening the walls that block collaboration and harmony rather than providing the focus and clarity required to bring them down and put the organization on a strong path to success.

This year's conference Call for Papers seeks submissions that provide examples of how TOC alone, and TOC in combination with other processes such as Lean, Six Sigma and Agile enable organizations to capitalize on these concepts - driving reformation and unification towards a common goal of ever flourishing.

The TOCICO invites submissions in the following formats:

  • Case studies presented by company personnel
  • Workshops in TOC concepts
  • Presentations of application of TOC concepts to industry issues
  • Hyde Park presentations
  • Technology: Concepts of technological solutions
  • New knowledge and research of theoretical and applied research in TOC concepts

Submissions may be in any of the following areas:

  • 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


The TOCICO invites submissions discussing:
  • Case studies presented by company personnel
  • Workshops in TOC concepts
  • Presentations of application of TOC concepts to industry issues
  • Hyde Park presentations
  • Technology: Concepts of technological solutions
  • New knowledge and research of theoretical and applied research in TOC concepts

Submissions will be accepted for all TOC areas, including but not limited to manufacturing and service sectors, government and healthcare, for-profit and for-purpose organizations.

I. 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 should include:

The major success (and the logic on how to reproduce/increase it)
The major failure (obstacle. Negative branch, etc.)
The 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 June 15, 2017 or is not present at the conference.

II. Workshops

Workshops provide a hands-on TOC learning experience for participants.

Workshop submission should include the following:

  1. The subject area of the workshop
  2. The content level of the workshop:
    • Basic
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  3. The goals of the workshop
  4. The objectives of the workshop
  5. An outline of the scope and sequence of the workshop to be presented

III. Presentation sessions

All presentation submissions must include and explicitly identify in the abstract any TOC based process of change. For example;

  1. The three (or 5) Strategic questions of change
  2. The Five Focusing Steps
  3. The TP process with Core Cause/Cloud Resolution
  4. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (SOSOG) Process
  5. The Minus minus/Plus plus buy in process/layers
  6. The four Concepts of Flow

IV. 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

V. Technology:

Technology companies are invited to present the concepts of their technological solutions.

"Technology can bring benefits if, and only if, it diminishes a limitation.”
Necessary But Not Sufficient, Goldratt, Schragenheim & Ptak, 2000

In Necessary But Not Sufficient, the authors provided the following six questions to ask regarding any new technology solution:

  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 should address these questions.

Presentations must not be marketing for company software specific products or services.

Presenters can display the implementation of an algorithm. As long as the logic and details of the algorithm are shared there is no harm in illustrating the algorithm in action with a commercial program.

VI. New Knowledge and Research Presentation

This track represents presentations describing major new contributions to the TOC Body of Knowledge. The allocated time of 60 minutes includes presentation, questions and answers, and discussion.

The objective of this track is to identify new theoretical models assimilating the knowledge gained from individual case studies. The method/knowledge must have been applied already.

New Knowledge presentations should ideally follow the New Knowledge guidelines, or the Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (SOSOG) process, summarized below. However, these are not mandatory and another TOC Process of Change or accepted research methodology may be used if appropriate.

All submitted work must be original and not have been published elsewhere.

An initial abstract should provide the following:

  • A brief description of the new knowledge
  • How it is currently actually used in reality
  • At least one real case – preferably described by the people now benefiting from it.

New Knowledge guidelines

The six questions to answer regarding New Knowledge:

  1. What is the power of the new knowledge?
  2. What current limitation does the new knowledge 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 knowledge is in place?
  5. Do the new rules require any change in the way we use the knowledge?
  6. How to cause the change?

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (SOSOG) process

Here is a brief description of the concept behind SOSOG should you decide to use it for your presentation:

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 that 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 s/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 works – not valid in the area where it doesn’t.
  6. Conduct a full analysis to determine the core problem, solution, etc.

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.

All of the following requirements should be submitted through the TOCICO online submission site via the Submit Paper link at the bottom of the page below.

  1. All submissions must be in English.
  2. All submissions must include:
    • A full abstract of about 2 pages will describe the presentation content for use by the conference Abstract review committee to select the program.
    • A summary of no more than 300 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.
    • Names and affiliations of all authors with the presenting author listed first
    • A short biography of the author(s)
    • A high resolution, color, digital picture.
    • 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

  3. The author(s) agree to amend their submission based on feedback from the Submission Review Committee.
  4. All authors must use the PPT presentation template provided by TOCICO.
  5. All authors must sign a copyright release form allowing the TOCICO to videotape the session and place it on the TOCICO website. The copyright of the content of the presentation remains with the author. The TOCICO holds copyright to the recording of the presentation session. The copyright release will be included as part of the abstract submission process. The TOCICO reserves the right to withdraw submissions from the program if copyright release has not been granted.
  6. 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 exhibition sponsorship opportunities at

  7. Please be aware that images of book covers are also copyrighted. If you use them in your presentation you must provide the TOCICO with the copyright release and permissions from the publisher.
  8. Authors are invited to submit a 5 to 8-minute video summary of your presentation to compliment your abstract submission for the Submission Review Committee.

A. Abstracts are due by February 26, 2017.
B. Successful presenters are expected be notified by March 12, 2017.
C. Initial PPT draft presentation is due by June 4, 2017 to be reviewed by Speaker Selection Committee. Feedback will be sent to the author by June 18, 2017.
D. Presenters must inform the TOCICO of any software program needs by June 30, 2017.
E. The final PPT presentation is due to Jana Purcell ( by July 1, 2017.

Help us promote your session by extending your personal invite to the conference!

Presenters are invited to submit a 3 to 5-minute overview of their presentation, and invitation to their session.

The TOCICO will provide a PPT slide show template with instructions that can 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 and submit them to Jana Purcell at

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, TOCICO does not provide any support or discount to speakers on travel and or accommodation fees. However, there is a discount in conference registration that covers costs for the conference itself. Speakers will be provided a dedicated link to register for the conference at the discounted price. Registered speakers will also receive a 1 year complimentary TOCICO Membership.

The TOCICO Speaker Selection Committee can be contacted at