Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance. H. William Dettmer. McGraw-Hill.

Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance Book Cover Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance
H. William Dettmer
July 1, 1998

In his second book, best-selling author William Dettmer explains the basics of constraint theory and how it is applied to a variety of organizational systems. If you have little exposure to Eliyahue Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), this book is for you. It is intended for anyone who wants to understand how to apply the TOC and use the thinking tools without becoming lost in the theory and details.

Executives and managers seeking an alternative or complementary approach to TQM for systematic improvement of business results can realize impressive results with Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance. Dettmer explains how to identify and optimize the system constraints that inhibit your organization’s overall performance – the key to becoming world-class.

Dettmer suggests that any organization’s performance is constrained in some way, and learning to break the constraints that impede your progress will put you on the road to becoming world-class. The process of constraint-breaking is an exercise in organizational change. Learning how to manage it can lead to new levels of performance.


  • Learn how constraint management is applied using the easy-to-follow diagrams and logic trees
  • Discover how high profile company such as Bethlehem Steel, Ford, GM and Harris Semiconductor have realized major improvements using the TOC
  • Learn how the thinking process might have been used in some high-visibility situations that ended badly for lack of a comprehensive system analysis tool.

H. William Dettmer is the author of the current best-selling book Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement (ASQ Quality Press, 1997). He has 20 years of leadership and management experience in operations and logistics environments and is a successful manager of multimillion dollar projects and contracting activities. Dettmer is a senior partner at Goal Systems International. Formerly an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, he has taught extensively at the graduate level on many topics relating to business management. He has a B.A. degree from Rutgers University and an M.S. degree from the University of Southern California.