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Building Lean Supply Chains with the Theory of Constraints

October 2011

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Innovative strategies for building and managing the supply chain using Lean and the Theory of Constraints (TOC)

With an emphasis on systems thinking, Building Lean Supply Chains with the Theory of Constraints uniquely integrates TOC with Lean, illustrating how these two philosophies complement and reinforce each other to create the smooth flow of goods and services through the supply chain. The majority of the chapters draw on the tools and techniques of TOC, including throughput accounting, drum-buffer-rope, TOC in distribution and replenishment, the thinking process, and critical chain project management. All of these topics are presented in the context of building and managing a lean supply chain to achieve true bottom line results.

Coverage includes:

  • The lean supply chain roadmap
  • Envisioning the lean supply chain: systems thinking
  • Adopting a throughput world perspective
  • Designing products and processes to fulfill customer needs
  • Building a competitive operations strategy
  • Partnering in the lean supply chain
  • Streamlining the value stream
  • Creating flow through the supply chain
  • Managing projects the TOC way: critical chain project management

Table of contents

The Sixteen Lean Supply Chain Principles
Chapter 1. The Lean Supply Chain Roadmap
Chapter 2. Envisioning the Lean Supply Chain: Systems Thinking
Chapter 3. Adopting a Thorough World Perspective
Chapter 4. Designing Products and Processes to Fulfill Customer Needs
Chapter 5. Building a Competitive Operations Strategy
Chapter 6. Partnering in the Lean Supply Chain
Chapter 7. Streamlining the Value Stream
Chapter 8. Creating Flow Through the Supply Chain
Chapter 9. Managing Projects the Theory of Constraints Way

Author comments

Mandyam ("Srini") Srinivasan is the Pilot Corporation Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of Streamlined: 14 Principles for Building and Managing the Lean Supply Chain published by Cengage in 2004, and co-author of Supply Chain Management for Competitive Advantage published by McGraw-Hill TATA for the Indian market in 2009. Srini has many years of work experience with leading automobile manufacturing organizations, and he has consulted with a large number of industries.

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