FOR RELEASE: March 5, 2003
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(Tempe, AZ) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Form Partnership to offer an "ISM/AFIT Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis" program of the Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management.
"We are very pleased to establish a relationship with ISM. The objectives of the AFIT Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program track closely with those of ISM. The academic rigor inherent in both organizations allows for great synergy between AFIT's research program and ISM's interest in furthering the body of knowledge relating to Supply Management and Strategic Purchasing," states Major Tim Reed, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program, Asst. Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Purchasing for the Graduate School of Engineering and Management Air Force Institute of Technology.
AFIT's Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Department of Systems and Engineering Management, offers the Master of Science with a major in Strategic Purchasing (GSP). The GSP program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage and work within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the USAF acquisition management community. The curriculum integrates a strong foundation in business management concepts and techniques, including "best commercial business practices." Specific DoD and USAF purchasing and supply chain management related topics and knowledge are also incorporated to prepare students to contribute effectively in a variety of complex and challenging roles within the military acquisition management system.
"ISM is proud to support a curriculum that includes courses in supply chain management, entrepreneurial thinking, systems acquisition management, systems engineering, software systems management, operations and production management, cost analysis, and acquisition strategy," states Paul Novak, C.P.M., chief executive officer for ISM. In addition, students have the opportunity to focus in a specific acquisition management specialty area: systems management or strategic purchasing. A 12-hour course of thesis research is also part of the curriculum. The thesis must address a real-world problem in an acquisition management area. From these theses, ISM will select a yearly honoree to receive the "ISM/AFIT Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis."
In addition to the recognition plaque, recipients of this highly proclaimed award will receive a one-year ISM membership (direct national membership) and a choice of product from the current Resource Catalog.
For additional information on the ISM/AFIT Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis program of the Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, contact Becky Nawrocki, ISM's educational development manager at 800/888-6276, extension 3135.