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!
So, I hate audiobooks that use different voices for the characters, and most especially sound effects - BUT, I was able to swallow that for the first five minutes and get into it. Now, once you realize who/what the author is - you realize the book was written from his utopian view of how a manufacturing business could save itself - but, it's not completely unrealistic, just lacks any kind of real world influencers that could thwart his theories on how implementing lean production would fit into the mold of organizations.
But, it's a good story, you cheer for the protagonist and there is some very useful business ideas and concepts.
The last hour is kind of silly - it's a 45 minute interview with the author where he rambles on about flow theory.
I read this book 20 years ago, and while the story has a lot of remnants from the 1980s that don't translate well to todays modern world, the concepts demonstrated through fixing the broken factory are still true today as they were then. It should be required reading or listening to anyone who works in a leadership position in their careers regardless of the field they work.
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 think this is a typical introductory operations management book for all B-schools.
The concepts were easy to understand as they were told in a novel-like way instead of lecture. Also actors were great. Enjoyed listening to the book more than reading it.
I have both paper and audio copies of this book.
an insightful look at improving processes within organisations looking to improve the overall throughput of the entire system and not just individual units metrics, but rather the overall interlinkages and their impact to the ultimate goal of the organisation
Engineer in business school. I appreciate every genre but find business/professional reading and epic fantasy best suited to audio format.
This was suggested reading for an operations management class. It was a good refresher on lean topics but the story had a lot of dated elements; the repressed housewife, smoking in a meeting, no cell phones, etc. Overall, better than a textbook but still informative.
the only thing I can say negative about this book is that the last chapter is very unclear spoken. I guess this is the original jona from the story, but it bad English. the rest of the story is really great!
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