Eliyahu Goldratt

Dr Eliyahu M Goldratt, 1947 – 2011Eliyahu M Goldratt

Eliyahu Goldratt and Dr Lisa Lang

Eliyahu Goldratt and Dr Lisa Lang

Eliyahu Goldratt (Eliyahu M Goldratt, Eli Goldratt) is an Israeli physicist, educator, author, scientist, philosopher, and business leader.  But he is, first and foremost, a thinker who provokes others to think.  Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Eliyahu Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.
He was a prolific writer and thinker, and his work has had a profound impact on the business world.  Goldratt’s is the father of Theory of Constraints (TOC), which has been applied in a wide variety of industries.

Science of Business’ own Dr Lisa Lang was with Eliyahu Goldratt the week before he passed and worked with him in Goldratt Consulting from 2004 to 2007. 

Eliyahu M Goldratt Author


Eliyahu Goldratt The Goal

Eliyahu Goldratt The Goal

Eliyahu Goldratt is best known for his 1984 book, THE GOAL, which has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.  The Goal utilizes a non-traditional approach to convey important business information–it is a business textbook written in novel form, disguised as a love story.  The ideas illustrated in THE GOAL underscore Eliyahu Goldratt Theory of Constraints, an overall framework for helping businesses determine:

  • What to change—not everything is broken
  • What to change to—what are the simple, practical solutions
  • How to cause the change—overcoming the inherent resistance to change.

In the subject of production, Eliyahu Goldratt also wrote PRODUCTION THE TOC WAY, a self-learning kit for manufacturers interested in applying Theory of Constraints techniques and spreading them within their companies. And THE RACE which is a graphical presentation of THE GOAL.

Eliyahu Goldratt wrote the sequel to The Goal, IT’S NOT LUCK.  All aspects of the sales and marketing are revealed in his unique way, as the Theory of Constraints peels away the common nonsense and reveals what lies hidden beneath our inertia.

Goldratt’s novel, CRITICAL CHAIN, reveals the reasons projects never finish on time or within budget or within specs, and develops an alternate TOC approach to managing projects.  The action in CRITICAL CHAIN takes place in a university setting and also deals with the problem facing academic institutions with large graduate business programs – MBA programs that are not producing what businesses need.

In addition, he has written several other books:  

Other Publications:

He is a frequent contributor to scientific journals, magazines and business publications and sits on several editorial boards. Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt contributions for a number of publications, including Harvard Business Review, Manufacturing Engineering, and The Journal of Business Strategy are too many to count.

One of the most controversial and popular articles is titled Cost Accounting: The Number One Enemy of Productivity

Another very popular publication is Standing on the Shoulders of Giants:  Production concepts versus production applications

You can find other of his writings in our Theory of Constraints Article Archive.

Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute:

Eliyahu Goldratt , founder of the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management philosophies and systems.  He has become a sought-after educator by many of the world’s largest corporations, including General Motors, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, and NV Philips.


He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy form Bar-Ilan University.  In addition to his pioneering work in business Management and education, he holds patents in a number of areas ranging from medical devices to drip irrigation to temperature sensors.

Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO)

Dr Goldratt support the founding of TOCICO and spoke at the annual conference from the founding of TOCICO in 2001 up to 2010.  Eli passed just before the June 2011 conference.

Additional free Theory of Constraints videos are on this site and you can see more of Eli by becoming a TOCICO member. 

TOC for Education:

Also the founder of TOC for Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing TOC ideals to teachers.


A number of memorials and tributes have been published in honor of his life and work.

Dr. Eli Goldratt was described by Fortune as a “guru to industry” and by Business Week as a genius.  But he is, first and foremost, a thinker who provokes others to think. 

Dr. Goldratt is sorely missed.

FAQ and More Information

What is The Goal Eliyahu Goldratt about?

You can read a compete summary of The Goal, <- click here.

What is the Theory of Constraints by Goldratt?

You can read a complete summary of the Theory of Constraints, <- click here.

How long is The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt?

The English 30th Anniversary Edition of The Goal is 470 pages.  The same edition of the audio book is 11 hours and 45 minutes long. You can read a compete summary of The Goal, <- click here.

What is Goldratt model for change?

You can read Goldratt’s model for change in our summary of Theory of Constraints, <- click here.

Process Of On Going Improvement (POOGI)

You can read about the Theory of Constraints POOGI, <- click here.

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