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 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
This is almost at the top with the Great Courses books I purchased. Conflict Management is the other book that is on this level.
Goldratt posing as Johanne
Had to listen multiple times. Had read the paper copy earlier.
I would read other books by Elliyahu
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
It is one of my favorites, it's a different type of book than I usually read, but it's very good.
The hike, i don't want to give away any spoilers :)
The hike again.
Where's your Herbie?
Yes. there is a lot much information in this book and it is hard to learn everything in one listen.
The interesting story about Alex (the main character) while still teaching you valuable information.
The emotion of the story with the different actors' voices and sound effects. The way they produced the audio version of the book made the story even more interesting.
No. It is 11 hrs and there is a lot of information you will want to take time to digest it all.
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