In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models, including a game with matchsticks and bowls, are easy to understand. Although some characters are as anonymous as the goods manufactured in the factory, others ring true. In addition, the tender story of Alex and his wife's separation and reconciliation makes a touching contrast to the rest of the book. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the state of the American economy.
©1984 Original material © 1984, Revised 1986, 1992, 2004, 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd. "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" © 2008 Eliyahu M. Goldratt. (P)2014 (p) 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd.
Best book I've ever heard/read and a narrator for each character is a brilliant idea. The best character in the novel was Juna!
Multiple characters make the audio version engrossing (most of the time). This book was assigned reading for a business course. Delivering concepts through storytelling is a brilliant approach to learning.
Jonah, because, DUH!
Nope. Are any?
Good for people in charge of or have influence on processes of any kind (i.e., anyone).
I really enjoyed this book...and I'm not even in the manufacturing industry! I'm working on my own food business right now. I think there's a little something here for everyone who's looking to increase efficiency in a counter intuitive way.
Also, I really enjoyed the way the story was told and I appreciate all of the extra effort that went in this audio production.
This book deals with a very difficult concept in an entertaining personable manner.
It helped me connect the dots between what we are currently doing and what could be causing us problems at our facility.
The article and discussion at the end provides an interesting comparison of Lean, TOC, TPS and the assembly line process.
I am new to manufacturing and it was suggested that I read this book. I found it not only entertaining but informative. I walked away with vocabulary which empowered me to dig deeper.
Excellent method to learn the Theories of Constraint!! Use the bookmarks to mark important tips. The distinct names of characters was also helpful in remembering the character's responsibilities. Initially I thought the music would be distracting but it worked out perfect.
I felt like the story made me feel childlike or childish and that the presentation was dumbed down to the point that anyone could understand it. But instead of accomplishing its goal it made me feel as though if presented the material in a more challenging way that I would not have been understand it I just did not enjoy the story line
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