ISM Announces Doctoral Grants and Research Fellowships

FOR RELEASE: May 27, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

(Tempe, Ariz.) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), with the support of the ISM Board of Directors, has awarded grants to two doctoral candidates who are conducting research in supply management or related fields. The objective of ISM's Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program is to produce useful research that can be applied to supply management and to develop high-potential academicians who will teach and conduct research in supply management. A key criterion for selecting grant recipients is that their dissertations have direct value and implications for the purchasing and supply management function. The following two doctoral candidates were awarded ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grants in the amount of $10,000:

Matthew Morris — Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
The Influence of National Culture on Buyer-Supplier Trust and Commitment
Morris' dissertation research aims to provide a greater understanding of how cultural differences influence buyer-supplier relationships. The primary research question that will be studied is which aspects of national culture most influence the fostering of trust and commitment in transnational buyer-supplier relationships. Morris proposes using a set of well-accepted measures of cultural inclinations to see how differences in cultural mores and values affect commitment and trust between U.S. purchasers and their foreign suppliers.

Kusumal Ruamsook — The Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University
Sourcing From Emerging Nations and the Impact on an Organization's Supply Chain
Ruamsook's dissertation research is focused on investigating the impact on supply chain performance exerted by procurement from emerging or developing nations. Ruamsook's research findings will address managerial implications of the prioritization of areas for improvements according to the issues that have crucial negative impacts on an organization's supply chain.

ISM's Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program seeks qualified applicants from a diverse population regardless of gender, race, creed, age, ethic origin, sexual orientation or disability. Applicants must be doctoral candidates who are pursuing a Ph.D. or D.B.A. in purchasing, business, logistics, management, economics, industrial engineering or related fields.

Each year, ISM also awards two Senior Research Fellowships to support outstanding research in supply management. The objectives of these $5,000 grants are to support emerging, high-potential scholars who teach and conduct research in supply management and to help produce useful research that can be applied to the advancement of supply management. The following two candidates have been recommended for Senior Research Fellowships for summer 2004:

Elliot Rabinovich, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Determinants of Service Sourcing Decisions: A Study of Fulfillment in Internet Supply Chains

George A. Zsidisin, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University
Supply Continuity Management

For information on the ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program or the ISM Senior Research Fellowship, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, visit the ISM Web site at and then select Online Guides, Tools & Links, then Scholarship Opportunities.

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