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The Measurement Nightmare: How the Theory of Constraints Can Resolve Conflicting Strategies, Policies, and Measures / Edition 1

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Overview

Today's competitive environment requires that companies distinguish themselves in the marketplace using factors other than prices. Companies that excel at on-time delivery, short cycle/leadtime, quality, and fast response to the market gain a competitive edge - and have the ability to market based on these features.
A proven approach to achieve this is the Theory of Constraints (TOC) production solution known, as drum-buffer-rope scheduling. Just in time (JIT), Total Quality Management (TQM) and other philosophies aim at exploiting these competitive edge factors. However, accounting systems, financial, and incentive measurements continue to be the biggest stumbling blocks to companies wishing to improve their financial performance with these tools.
Agreement on the need for a measurement system that encourages local actions in line with bottom line results is common, but solutions have remained elusive. Whether a company is pursuing JIT, TQM, or TOC, cost accounting is the common enemy.
Attempts have been made to introduce "new" costing methods such as activity based costing and economic value added, but they have failed to recognize the basic difference between product costing for financial statement purposes and collective management information to make real time decisions.
The Measurement Nightmare shows you how to resolve the conflicts and remove the accounting systems, financial, and incentive measurement roadblocks to adopting TOC, thereby gaining improved performance and sustaining competitive advantage. The techniques that the author, leading authority Debra Smith, has implemented and tracked at various companies highlight "the productivity measurement nightmare". Especially important are the day-to-day tools she developed to ensure successful implementation.

"...Smith highlights techniques & strategies she has successfully implemented & tracked at various companies, especially the day-to-day tools she developed, with case studies, information & useful references."

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Shows how to use the Theory of Constraints to solve conflicts between local and global optimization goals for improved performance, and explains how to align executive strategy and decision making with both short- and long-term results for improved incentive plans. Explores basic financial strategic decisions from a Theory of Constraints and direct costing approach, and illustrates varied consequences of different costing approaches. The author is a partner with an international partnership committed to helping organizations use solutions offered through the Theory of Constraints. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574442465
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: APICS Constraints Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Unbelievable Decisions by Companies You Would Know if I Could Name Them
The Measurement Nightmare
Theory of Constraints: The Evolution of a Revolution
How We Got in This Accounting Measuring Mess
Drum-Buffer-Rope Basics and Predictable Implementation Effects
New Manufacturing Floor Measurements and Reporting
New Measures for Operations: Subordination
The Bridge Between Throughput Accounting and GAAP Financial Statements
Four Basic Strategic Decisions from a Theory of Constraints/Management Accounting Standpoint
Aligning Strategy in the Organization

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