Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Updated at: Feb. 13, 2011, 1:57 p.m.

Eli Goldratt is an 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," Dr. Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

Dr. 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, NV Philips and Boeing.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy from 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.

Also the founder of TOC for Education , a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing TOC ideals to teachers, Dr. Goldratt is now retired from the Goldratt Institutes. He currently spends his time writing, lecturing and consulting as well as traveling, thinking and being as provocative as ever.

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