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Dr. Alan Barnard is one of the world’s leading Decision Scientist and Theory of Constraints’ experts. Alan, a serial entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of Goldratt Research Labs, a company he co-founded in 2008 together with Dr. Eli Goldratt, creator of Theory of Constraints. There was an immediate connection between Alan and Eli after their first meeting in 1993. Alan and Eli were both curious about understanding why good people make and often repeat bad decisions within their life and in managing organizations. They were also both passionate about applying a robust scientific approach to developing new Thinking & Decision making methods and advanced Technologies to help people make better, faster decisions – decisions that move them closer to their goals.

Today, Alan works as a Strategy advisor, Researcher and Theory of Constraint (TOC) expert and educator, with both Fortune 500 companies as well as NGO’s and Government Agencies. His clients include Microsoft, Cargill, Tata Steel, Nike, ABB, BHP, Cisco, South32, SAP, Intel, Penguin Random House, BC Rail, Larsen & Toubro, Premier Foods, Fujitsu, Habitat for Humanity, UNDP, UNWFP and Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

Alan holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (Cum Laude, 1991) and MsC and PhD in Management of Technology & Innovation (MOTI). His PhD thesis was titled “How to identify and unlock inherent potential within organizations (private & public) and individuals?”

Alan is very active in a number of Non-Profit Professional Organizations and Universities within his fields of interest. Alan is the former President of SAPICS (, and former chairman of TOCICO ( Alan is also the Chairman of Odyssey Institute (, a Non-Profit organization he co-founded with Dr. Eli Goldratt in 2005. Alan also serves as board member of BHP’s Science and Innovation Council ( and frequently serves as field supervisor of PhD students and guest lecturer at the DaVinci Institute and Duke University.

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Alan’s Awards

Alan has received a number of Awards over the years in recognition of his contribution to his fields of expertise and the Professional Organizations in which he has served.

  • In 1991, Alan received South Africa’s National Productivity Institute’s Award
  • In 2006, Alan received the TOCICO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006
  • In 2010, Alan received the Top PhD Research Award for his PhD titled “How to identify and unlock the inherent potential within organizations and individuals”
  • In 2013, Alan’s Harmony Change Maker App was nominated as a finalist for the Silicon Valley Business App Awards
  • In 2015, Alan received an Innovation Award from Washington State University, for his invention of the ProConCloud method.
  • In 2017, Alan was awarded the Top Innovator Award by the JT Foxx Coaching organization, representing over 25,000 entrepreneurs and coaches around the world.

Alan’s Citations

High Reliability for a Highly Unreliable World

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A collection of books and articles that Dr. Alan Barnard has been cited.


Alan’s Network

Over the past 25 years, Alan has been fortunate to be mentored, to work with and to share research and management insights with incredible entrepreneurs, business leaders and scientist from around the world…

Dr. Alan Barnard with his mentor, Dr. Eli Goldratt

Dr. Alan Barnard at Singularity with Fabio Teiceira CEO HyperCubes

Dr. Alan Barnard on Necker Island with Richard Branson

Dr. Alan Barnard with mentor Nassim Taleb at London Business School

Dr. Alan Barnard with fellow panelist at Kiev International Economic Forum

Dr. Alan Barnard receiving PhD from Prof. Roy Marcus Dean of DaVinci Institute

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing insights with Prof. Tim Noakes

Dr. Alan Barnard with Cynefin creator Dave Snowden

Dr. Alan Barnard with Steve Wozniak getting Steve’s feedback on Alan’s Harmony Decision Maker App

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing insights with Hugh Hilton

Dr. Alan Barnard with Dr. Nido Qubain & JT Foxx

Dr. Alan Barnard with one of his mentor’s, serial entrepreneur Fred Fishback

Dr. Alan Barnard with Mel Gibson

Dr. Alan Barnard with John Travolta

Dr. Alan Barnard with KISS frontman, Gene Simmons

Dr. Alan Barnard celebrating Vanilla Ice biggest property sale in Palm Beach

Dr. Alan Barnard with Kristie Brinkley

Dr. Alan Barnard with Mark Wahlberg

Dr. Alan Barnard with 50cent

Dr. Alan Barnard with his coach, George Ross

Dr. Alan Barnard at TED Global with Matthieu Ricard

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing insights at TED with serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Asha Jadeja Motwani

Dr. Alan Barnard at Red Bull with Dr. Giles Wood Red Bull Chief Of Simulation

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing insights with Prof David Block

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing insights with Joseph Michelli

Dr. AlanBarnard being coached by ex-Apple Microsoft Exec Mike Slade

Dr. Alan Barnard with Brook Shields in LA Nov 2018

Dr. Alan Barnard flying in helicopter with Serial Entrepeneur and pilot Erik Simons

Dr. Alan Barnard on Necker Island with Richard Bransons tennis coach Riza Zalameda after winning Necker Cup Dec 2018

Dr. Alan Barnard with Dion Hodgen from Nike

Dr. Alan Barnard with Charlie Sheen

Dr. Alan Barnard with Jessica Simpson

Dr. Alan Barnard on stage with Ndaba Mandela (Grandson of Nelson Mandela)

Dr. Alan Barnard with Dr. Phil

Dr. Alan Barnard with Best Selling Author Patrick Lencioni supporting Alan’s new book “The Bottleneck” with social media post

Dr. Alan Barnard on Necker Island in Pool

Dr. Alan Barnard with Jason Alexander

Dr. Alan Barnard with NFL legend Doug Flutie on set of Vanilla Ice Project Season 7

Dr. Alan Barnard with Daniel Pink

Dr. Alan Barnard with founder of Aleit Group Mr Aleit Swanepoel

Dr. Alan Barnard with Ray Lewis

Dr. Alan Barnard with Bret Michaels

Dr. Alan Barnard with Michael Douglas

Dr. Alan Barnard with Ken Blanchard

Dr. Alan Barnard with MBE Natasha Devon

Dr. Alan Barnard with Riza Zalameda Necker Island

Dr. Alan Barnard on Necker Island – June 2017

Dr. Alan Barnard with Mike Slade

Dr. Alan Barnard coached by Mike Slade

Dr. Alan Barnard backstage with Vanilla Ice

Dr. Alan Barnard with Richard Branson and Thomas Aksnes

Dr. Alan Barnard with Alligator and Mermaid

Dr. Alan Barnard sharing stage with Vanilla Ice & JT Foxx

Dr. Alan Barnard with Steve Wozniak Interview

Dr. Alan Barnard with Mark Anthony Bates

Dr. Alan Barnard test driving Ferraris with Vanilla Ice in Palm Beach

Dr. Alan Barnard with Steve Wozniak Interview

Dr. Alan Barnard with Vanilla Ice Interview

Interviews with mentors and celebrities

Interview with Steve Wozniak

Interview with George Ross

Interview with JT Foxx

Interview with BBC’s Naomi Lloyd

Interview Vanilla Ice had with me on set of Season 7 of The Vanilla Ice Project