|Monday, July 2, 2012||Application period opens|
|Friday, September 14, 2012
by Midnight MST
|The application period closes for the Eighth Annual Institute for Supply Management™ — Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management.|
|January 2013||Winners notified|
|Sunday, April 28, 2013||Awards Dinner, ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Dallas, TX.|
|April 29-30, 2013||Award winners present workshops at the ISM Conference in Dallas, TX.|
Supply management departments in organizations of all sizes and geographic locations, domestic and international, are invited to apply. Multiple entries are welcome. Members of the Evaluations Committee are unable to review entries from their own company or those from direct competitors. Company data submitted remains strictly confidential unless ISM receives permission to use information in an ISM brochure, magazine or website.
For the 2013 Awards, the project/initiative must (1) have been completed and/or implemented and (2) have measurable outcomes within the date range of October 1, 2009 through September 16, 2012.
ISM has developed a simple web-enabled platform for you to use to submit an application. When the application period for the 2014 Institute for Supply Management™ — Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management opens in July 2013, a link to the application will be available. You will be able to upload documents in standard format files.
Applicants must submit the following:
The Oversight Committee reserves the right to remove any application from consideration at its sole discretion.
An application fee of $1,000 per organization is required for 2013 Award applications. Organizations that submit multiple applications will only be charged this fee once, regardless of the number of applications they submit. Companies enrolled in the ISM Corporate Program do not pay an application fee.
The application fee will be used to build the scholarship fund awarded by ISM. The entry fee is not refundable. If you have any questions about this fee, please e-mail ISM at Awards@ism.ws.
It is ISM's intention to give one award per category based on the merits of the submissions. Five additional awards may be given and come from one category or a combination of categories if submissions warrant it. Awards are dependent on applications of sufficient quality. In support of the ISM mission "to lead supply management," the Oversight Committee focuses on identifying entries that exhibit leadership and innovative thinking coupled with measurable organizational impact.
Three factors are most crucial in guiding the judges' selections. First, projects must address big challenges for which new solutions would have wide organizational and/or supply chain impact. Second, top contenders must offer a truly innovative solution, rather than just a modest improvement over existing practices. Third, entries must be supported by rigorous data based on real-world performance.
Results should be measured, significant and sustainable. They may be hard or soft, and projected or actual. The results may be measured against any recognized metric such as revenue enhancement, asset management, cost management, productivity, speed-to-market or competitiveness. Metrics are not confined to this list. While results may be projected or actual, judges place higher value on results that are supported by data. Results may be presented as percentages or the magnitude of change rather than absolute numbers. If appropriate and available, validation outside the supply arena is welcome.
The Evaluation Committee and the Oversight Committee assess entries based on the following award criteria:
For the 2013 Awards, the project/initiative must either (1) have been completed and/or implemented and (2) have measurable outcomes within the date range of October 1, 2009 through September 16, 2012.
The Evaluation Committee is comprised of senior supply professionals. Reviewers evaluate applications against pre-established criteria and recommend finalists to the Oversight Committee for approval. The Oversight Committee is comprised of senior supply executives and academics and is responsible for setting policy and selecting awards winners.
Winners will be notified in January 2013. All notifications are strictly confidential. Award recipients will be publicly announced and honored at an Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Dallas, TX. Winners agree to make presentations at the Conference, which runs April 29 - May 1, 2013.
Direct questions to Terri Tracey, CAE, Vice President, at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3071 (or if calling from outside the United States 480/752-6276, extension 3071), or by e-mail at Awards@ism.ws.