ISM Contributes to Advancement in Supply Management Research/Academia

FOR RELEASE: September 20, 2006

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Doctoral grants and research fellowships awarded

Tempe Ariz., September 20, 2006 — In its mission to lead supply management, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), with the support of the ISM Board of Directors, has awarded grants to two doctoral candidates who are conducting research in supply management or related fields. The objective of ISM's Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program is to produce useful research that can be applied to supply management and to develop high-potential academicians who will teach and conduct research in supply management. A key criterion for selecting grant recipients is that their dissertations have direct value and implications for the purchasing and supply management function. The following doctoral candidates were awarded ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grants in the amount of $12,000 each:

James W. Hamister — School of Management, The State University of New York, Buffalo
The Impact of Category Management Practices on Performance of Fast Moving Consumer Goods Supply Chains
Hamister’s dissertation will investigate the supply chain performance implications of category management, a retail industry initiative, in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector.

Heng Xu — Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Professionalization Within an Organization: The Case of Purchasing
Xu’s dissertation looks at the professionalization process of purchasing in a biopharmaceutical company via sociological and organizational perspectives.

ISM's Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program seeks qualified applicants from a diverse population regardless of gender, race, creed, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability. Applicants must be doctoral candidates who are pursuing a Ph.D. or D.B.A. in supply management, supply chain management, purchasing, business, logistics, management, economics, industrial engineering, or related fields.

Each year, ISM also awards two Senior Research Fellowships to support outstanding research in supply management. The objectives of these $5,000 grants are to support emerging, high-potential scholars who teach and conduct research in supply management and to help produce useful research that can be applied to the advancement of supply management. The following two candidates have been recommended for Senior Research Fellowships:

A. Michael Knemeyer, Ph.D. — Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Aligning Product/Service Innovation Efforts in Supply Chains: An Agency Theory Perspective

Jayanth Jayaram, Ph.D. — Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
The Cultural Aspects of Implementing Supplier Scorecard Measurement Systems

For information on the ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program or the ISM Senior Research Fellowship, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit the ISM Web site at and then select Education - Seminars, Conferences and then Scholarship Opportunities.

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. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. 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). Visit ISM's Media Room at