ISM™ and Accenture Offer a Unique and Innovative Program "The Rewards of Managing Risk: Identifying and Overcoming Supply Chain Risk"

FOR RELEASE: April 4, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) — During periods of stability, downside risk is managed through high growth and business expansion. Difficult and uncertain times, on the other hand, require operational excellence and innovation to sustain business performance. At the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) and Accenture's Supply Chain Academy innovative joint program "The Rewards of Managing Risk: Identifying and Overcoming Supply Chain Risk," to be held June 23 - 24, 2003, in St. Petersburg, Florida, attendees will learn how to identify the risks to the extended supply chain that threaten the overall results of a successful business. In addition, participants will find out how to develop strategies to overcome those risks.

While always important, supply chain management is even more critical to business success in soft markets and down economies. A superbly-managed supply chain makes the difference between merely surviving and thriving in uncertain times. Savvy supply chain executives must efficiently and effectively ensure uninterrupted supply, maintain IT security, protect critical investments, and explore innovative, risk-reducing partnerships.

With the focus on supply chain management, this one-of-a-kind program is uniquely designed for supply chain executives whose task it is to determine new realities of business uncertainty, understand the different types of risks facing business today, and identify supply chain risks, their impact on business, and how to manage them. Senior supply chain officers who are looking to reduce the frequency, cost, and impact of risks while protecting their organization will greatly benefit from this program.

To register for this innovative and joint conference, contact ISM's Customer Service Department at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401, or visit the ISM Web site at

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is one of the most respected educational associations in the United States. ISM is a progressive association with a mission to provide national and international leadership in supply management and purchasing, particularly in the areas of education, research, and standards of excellence. Through various resources and a network of 177 affiliated organizations, ISM provides opportunities for expansion of professional skills and knowledge. Visit the ISM Web site at for additional information.

Accenture is the world's leading management consulting and technology services company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with it clients to help them realize their visions and create tangible value. With deep industry expertise, broad global resources, and proven experience in consulting and outsourcing, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, alliances, and technologies. With more than 75,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2002.

Accenture's Supply Chain Academy (SCA) is the premier global supply chain learning solution available in the marketplace. The SCA uses a variety of proven delivery techniques including eLearning, business simulations, and webcasts to make supply chain education accessible anytime, anywhere. This unlimited accessibility, coupled with comprehensive and consistent content, promises greater employee participation and reduces the time to organizational proficiency. For more information on the SCA, contact Dwight Dowdell at 312/693-2033 or, or visit

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