ISM Announces Doctoral Grant Awards

FOR RELEASE: August 6, 2008

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Doctoral candidates awarded grants for high-potential research in supply management.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) August 6, 2008 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), with the support of the ISM Board of Directors, has awarded grants to four 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 amounts ranging from $6,000 to $12,000:

Arash Azadegan — W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Supplier Innovativeness and Manufacturer Performance: An Organizational Learning Perspective
Azadegan's dissertation area of interest is in supplier innovativeness, with particular emphasis on the effect of component and design outsourcing on buyer performance.

Hillbun (Dixon) Ho — Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona
Knowledge Sharing Between Competing Suppliers in the Customer's Supply-Chain Network
Ho's dissertation develops a conceptual model that examines knowledge sharing and collaboration between two competing suppliers in serving a common customer (buyer organization).

Sridhar Viswanathan — Michigan State University
The Practice of Risk Management in Outsourcing and its Impacts: an Empirical Investigation
Viswanathan's dissertation investigates two research questions. First, what are the factors that influence the practice of risk management in outsourcing contexts? And second, what are the benefits derived from risk management practices?

Zachary Williams — Mississippi State University
Supply Chain Security: An Institutional Theory Approach to Strategies and Outcomes
Williams' dissertation has three main objectives. The first is determining different organizational strategies for securing goods throughout the supply chain. The second objective is determining what drives organizations to partake in supply chain security strategies. The third objective is to determine if organizational performance varies among supply chain security strategy type.

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 DBA in purchasing, business, logistics, management, economics, industrial engineering or related fields. The application deadline each year is January 31. For information on application procedures and award procedures visit Select Education — Seminars/Conferences, then Scholastic Opportunities, then ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program.

As the 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).

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