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TOCICO announces a white paper process to expand the body of knowledge

Sunday, February 3, 2013   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Carol Ptak
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Today the TOCICO announced an exciting new knowledge process  to develop and disseminate TOC knowledge for TOC experts and academics and the business professional audience. Subjects include certification topics (supply chain logistics, project management, thinking processes, finance and measurements, business strategy) special interest topics (healthcare, for example) and emerging topics (experiential learning or performance measurement for non-profits, for example). The research process is:
  1. Identify and Initiate Research
  2. Conduct Research
  3. Review Process 
  4. Revise and Resubmit Process
  5. Validated Knowledge Process
  6. Certification Material Process

As an initial test of this new process, Eli Schragenheim has kindly offered his white paper Learning from One Event for consideration.  


Phil Dobson says...
Posted Thursday, May 2, 2013
Charles Peirce, the founder of pragmatism, in his paper "The Fixation of Belief" (1877) addresses related issues. He suggests enquiry is prompted by a sensation of doubt - " Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief". The "irritation of doubt" causes a struggle to attain the state of belief - he terms this enquiry. He suggests four possible pathways for this resolving of doubt - authority, tenacity, a priori and the scientific method. Authority is where the prevailing authoritative view of the day is used to resolve that doubt, tenacity involves the stubborn application of previously held beliefs, a priori is involved when a person "think as one is inclined to think" and finally the scientific method whereby hypotheses are proposed and progressively tested (inference to the best explanation) against their ability to explain the surprising happenings. He has a lot to say about the issues identified in your paper
Guillermo (Bill) A. Taylor says...
Posted Monday, February 18, 2013
(continued) At the end of the last millenium, the Japanese made a big improvement in quality expanding the culture of "Ask 'Why?' five times". Your addition of logical trees, effect-cause-effect thinkig and hypothesis testing is a major contribution to the TPs, and another important step in the to make TOC the main way to manage companies. Thanks!
Guillermo (Bill) A. Taylor says...
Posted Monday, February 18, 2013
Hi Eli: I like your phrase "making mistakes is inevitable, making them again is a sin". Reminds me of Dubya Bush's famous phrase: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice...(ahh, umm)... well, you ain't gonna fool me twice". I think your white paper is a very important contribution to the world of "Ready, Fire, Aim" and OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Adjust) management. In an increasingly rapidly changing environment, these are valid approaches. The problem is, CEO's often don't have formal tool for "Aiming" and "Adjusting" the next time they shoot off a missile. Organizations in a state of rapid change or evolution should have a team dedicated to the "Post Mortems" (as in the game of Bridge) of recent plays and decisions. This will preempt (another Bridge term) unnecessary misfires and accelerate learning. Your paper suggests a way. If the CEO is the pilot, this team becomes the navigator.