Learn About Leading-Edge Thinking and Practices at April 6-8, 2006 Worldwide Supply Management Symposium

FOR RELEASE: March 16, 2006

Media Contact:
Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
800/888-6276 ext. 3143

Institute for Supply Management™ is a participating sponsor of "Conference 2006," a total immersion into the world of supply management, to be presented at an inspiring setting on the University of San Diego campus.

TEMPE, Ariz., March 16, 2006 — Leading academics and thought leaders in the field of supply management will gather April 6-8, 2006 at the University of San Diego (USD) for a worldwide symposium organized and hosted by the Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI). "Conference 2006: Creating and Managing Value in Supply Networks" is a formative event offering three world-class conferences under one roof:

  • 17th Annual North American Research/Teaching Symposium
  • Fourth Worldwide Research Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • 15th Annual International Purchasing and Supply Education & Research Association (IPSERA) Conference

Sponsors of the interactive and cooperative event include: Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM); CAPS: Center for Strategic Supply Research; International Purchasing and Supply Education & Research Association (IPSERA); and the Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) of the USD School of Business Administration.

This worldwide symposium will take place at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, an ideal venue to foster discussion and learning among more than 250 of the world's leading thinkers and practitioners. Anyone whose work or interest involves supply management will not want to miss the business sessions and dynamic networking opportunities.

Conference 2006 will also benefit researchers, teachers and practitioners at all levels, as well as business and supply management students. The $595 registration fee covers admission to all three conferences, conference proceedings (hard copy and CD-ROM), two luncheons, coffee breaks, access to the exhibitors' area as well as the conference gala dinner, evening social events and welcome reception.

In addition to state-of-the-art conference and meeting space, the Institute for Peace & Justice offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, San Diego Bay and surrounding mountains. Register online and download a complete conference schedule, presenter schedule and conference highlights at http://ipsera.sandiego.edu/2006. For additional information, contact Conference 2006 hosts at (International) (+1) 619/260-7901.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) (www.ism.ws)
As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

CAPS: Center for Strategic Supply Research www.capsresearch.org
CAPS: Center for Strategic Supply Research is a non-profit, independent research organization co-sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) (www.ism.ws) and Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business. Over the years, CAPS has contributed competitive advantage to organizations by delivering leading-edge research globally to support continuous change and breakthrough performance improvement in strategic sourcing and supply. In support of its stakeholders, CAPS has transformed itself to provide timelier and more responsive, high-quality supply chain research and programs for business leaders. These activities help leaders assess, analyze and share knowledge that premier supply chain organizations recognize as critical components to success.