Top Level Executives Understand Supply Management Within the Context of Today's Society

FOR RELEASE: January 7, 2002

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
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(Tempe, AZ) - In these times of cost cutting and downsizing, corporate leaders gather to discuss ways to implement and develop the already expanding supply management horizon. "This isn't a meeting of the minds brought together to brainstorm," says Joseph Cavinato, Ph.D., C.P.M., ISM senior vice president, and facilitator of the ISM Strategic Leadership Executive Program, "participants already know the 'latest and greatest,' we are here to develop ways to implement these strategic strategies into the organizations we work for and with."

Recognizing that senior management wants expanded and higher contributive roles and performance from purchasing and supply employees, top level executives, from a wide-range of organizations, met in Phoenix, AZ. December 3-6, 2001, to investigate what these expectations are for the start of this decade, as well as what organizations are doing now to provide them with these new roles.

Program facilitators spent hours focusing on the most critical issues within the purchasing and supply management industry. The twist to this program was that they not only discussed what to do, but how to do it. Program participants learned to develop the best short - and long-term positioning for their organization. They were challenged to narrow down insights into how their organization competes. They were asked to identify competencies and skills for organizational depth that leads to organizational value. They were taught how to extend the reach and influence of their supply organization, and more importantly, taught how to sell their message.

Cavinato closed this highly regarded program by encouraging attendees to ask their organizations and its leaders, "where are our future competitors coming from?" and "what business are we really in?" Thoughtful answers to questions like these allow organizations who incorporate supply management into the backbone of their organizations a leading edge over those that don't.

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The Institute for Supply Management™, established in 1915, is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, companies, and government. In May 2001 the membership of NAPM voted to change the association's name from the National Association of Purchasing Management to the Institute for Supply Management™ to reflect the increasing strategic and global significance of supply management. For further information, see the ISM Web site at

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