ISM Names Grant Recipients

FOR RELEASE: May 18, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
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(Tempe, AZ) — Each year, ISM awards doctoral dissertation grants for support of outstanding doctoral research. The intent is to award grants to doctoral candidates who are conducting research in supply management or related fields.

The objectives of these grants are to (1) produce useful research that can be applied to supply management, and (2) help develop high-potential academicians who will teach and conduct research in supply management.

The following doctoral candidates were awarded ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grants in the amount of $10,000 for the year 2002:

Tobias Schoenherr — Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Strategic Bundling in B2B Procurement

Schoenherr's study looks into the question of whether it is best to bundle (combine) many stockkeeping units (SKUs) and products/services in one electronic purchase or purchase them separately where individual prices and costs can be clearly delineated. This question is especially pertinent today with the advent of electronic request for quotes processes (RFQs) and the use of fewer, more important and strategic suppliers as a result of the process of supply rationalization. Outcomes sought in this study are: definition of successful bundling in B2B procurement; identification of categories, dimensions, and characteristics that determine bundle success; investigation of rationales why certain characteristics influence bundle success; and advice and guidance how to make the bundling decision.

Anne Parmigiani — University of Michigan Business School
Concurrent Sourcing: When Do Firms both Make and Buy?

This dissertation addresses the question of when and why would firms simultaneously make and buy a particular product or service. Existing literature in academia and the business press tends to treat this question as an either/or decision. However, there are many cases in which both making and buying co-exist within an organization. In a long term period of stringent supplier rationalization, this question is appropriate from a supply availability, risk, and efficient cost/price standpoint. This research promises to shed new insights into this age old practice.

The ISM Grant Program seeks qualified applicants from a diverse population regardless of gender, race, creed, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Doctoral grant candidates must submit the required items to ISM by the annual January 31 deadline. For more information on this program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, log on to the ISM Web site at and select Online Guides, Tools & Links; then Scholastic Opportunities; and then ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program.

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