New CPSM® a Win-Win for ISM, Educational Institutions

FOR RELEASE: July 10, 2008

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276, extension 3087

University of San Francisco online program incorporates CPSM® body of knowledge.

(Tempe, Ariz.) July 10, 2008 — Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) new qualification — the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) — is rapidly gaining recognition among supply management professionals as well as leading academic institutions, including the University of San Francisco (USF). The CPSM debuted in early May, and encompasses all of the main components of supply management. In late May, USF announced that its certificate program is the first online program to closely align with the CPSM body of knowledge.

USF's Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a three-course program designed for working professionals. Supply management professionals who pursue an online master's certificate from USF will also be encouraged to review ISM's CPSM study materials prior to sitting for their USF certificate exam.

The speed at which educational institutions and organizations are embracing the CPSM does not surprise ISM CEO Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P. "The CPSM recognizes the global skill sets required for success in strategic supply management," Novak says. Institutions such as the University of San Francisco that pride themselves on presenting a global perspective understand that the advanced-level skills necessary to achieve the CPSM are a logical complement to their own programs. It's a win-win-win ... for ISM ... for USF ... and for supply professionals!"

For additional information on the CPSM program, to download an application or to sign up for CPSM e-mail updates, log on to and select Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) Program. CPSM study materials offered by ISM include the CPSM Study Guide and the ISM Professional Series. The ISM Professional Series is comprised of three books: The Foundation of Supply Management, Effective Supply Management Performance and Leadership in Supply Management.

ISM congratulates USF for taking the initiative to be the first online program to incorporate the CPSM body of knowledge. USF's Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management is offered through its School of Business and Management. Additional information can be found at

Institute for Supply Management™
As the first and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of 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 is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. 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).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.

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