The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Announce Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis Honoree

FOR RELEASE: March 25, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015
  kkioa@ism.ws

(Tempe, AZ) — Captain James A. Hageman was presented the inaugural "ISM/AFIT Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis" award by NAPM—Dayton/Springfield vice president, Ken McElroy on Thursday, March 20, 2003, in a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Captain Hageman's winning thesis proposed a connection between the Lean Aerospace Initiative's (LAI) Purchasing and Supplier Management (PSM) Principles and declining small business participation. The purpose of his research was to determine if the LAI's PSM Principles are acting as entry barriers to small manufacturing/parts supplier businesses attempting to enter the Department of Defense aerospace market. Captain Hageman's thesis was chosen based on its results that may assist the Air Force Small Business Program (SAF/SB) in shaping its training programs and in making intelligent and informed changes to its policy and procedures. These changes may help the Air Force Small Business Program (SAF/SB) achieve its goals, and more importantly, increase the amount of small business participation.

The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) formed a partnership in early 2003 to offer an "ISM/AFIT Best Strategic Purchasing Thesis" program of the Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management. "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.

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 and the USAF acquisition management community. The curriculum integrates a strong foundation in business management concepts and techniques, including "best commercial business practices." Specific Department of Defense 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.

In addition to the recognition plaque, Captain Hageman 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 Major Tim Reed, Ph.D., C.P.M., director, Strategic Purchasing Graduate Program, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Purchasing, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology at 937/255-3636, extension 4798. Or you may also contact Becky Nawrocki, ISM's educational development manager at 800/888-6276, extension 3135.

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. For further information, see the ISM Web site at www.ism.ws.


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