Memorial for Eliyahu Goldratt, TOC Creator

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A memorial service was held for Dr. Eliyahu (Eli) M. Goldratt on July 11th in Bene Atarot, Israel. Goldratt, creator of the Theory of Constraints, internationally-known educator, business leader and author of “The Goal,” passed away on June 11th after fighting a valiant battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.

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"He was the greatest man whom I have every met directly. I will work continuously and spend my life with utilizing TOC," said Koji Nitto, CFO of Omron Corporation (Japan).

A memorial service was held for Dr. Eliyahu (Eli) M. Goldratt on July 11th in Bene Atarot, Israel. Goldratt, creator of the Theory of Constraints, internationally-known educator, business leader and author of “The Goal,” passed away on June 11th after fighting a valiant battle with cancer. He was 64 years old.

The life work of Goldratt, who was educated as a physicist, was “to teach the world to think.” Goldratt’s companies and others around the world taught his Thinking Processes and his Theory of Constraints (TOC) to hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals. Originally applied in manufacturing, the methodology has expanded to a wide variety of arenas, including healthcare, supply chain management, retail, government, education, personal growth and day-to-day life. TOC is based on the assumption that any system, no matter how seemingly complex, is governed by a few elements. Identifying and managing a system's constraints is key to creating exponential improvements.

“Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt spent his entire adult life fighting to show that it is possible to make this world a better place,” said Alfredo Romero, creator of TOC.tv. “He believed we must have the honesty to see reality as it is, the courage to challenge assumptions, and above all, we must use the gift of thinking.”

Goldratt's first book, “The Goal,” which was published in 1984 and introduced TOC to the world, has sold over five million copies and has become mandatory reading for MBA and Management programs. Since then, he has authored 11 more books on TOC, with his most recent, “The Choice” and “Isn’t it Obvious?” published in 2009 and 2010.

Business leaders from around the world have expressed their appreciation for Dr. Goldratt and the impact his work had on them and their organizations.

"The death of Dr. Eli Goldratt is a great loss," said Ray Immelman, Vice President Strategic Services at First Solar. “His life's work and contribution to management science has been very valuable to First Solar in its formative years."

"He was the greatest man whom I have every met directly. I will work continuously and spend my life with utilizing TOC," said Koji Nitto, CFO of Omron Corporation (Japan).

"The world has lost a master,” said Bimlendra Jha, Vice President of Tata Steel (India). “The master believed that thinking clearly was the key to live a full and meaningful life. That it is within the power of every individual, across the intellectual spectrum, to live a full and meaningful life. The employees of Tata Steel are indebted to Eli for making the biggest difference in their lives."

Goldratt was the founder of the Goldratt Group, comprising Goldratt Marketing, Goldratt Consulting, Goldratt Schools, Inherent Simplicity and Goldratt Research Labs. He also founded TOC for Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the simple yet powerful mindset and methods of TOC to students and teachers. Additionally, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO).

Donations to the Eliyahu Goldratt Foundation, TOC for Education, The Odyssey Institute, or TOCICO can be made at the TOCICO website: http://www.tocico.org

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