NAPM Names Grant Recipients

FOR RELEASE: July 27, 2000

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  NAPM Media Relations
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Each year, NAPM awards doctoral dissertation grants for support of outstanding doctoral research. The intent is to award grants to doctoral candidates who are conducting research in purchasing or related fields.

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

The following doctoral candidates were awarded NAPM Doctoral Dissertation Grants for the year 2000:

Harish Krishnan, University of Michigan, "Coordinating Contracts in Decentralized Supply Chains." Krishnan focused on the complicated situations that exist within contractual agreements and relationships between buyers and sellers in the determination of profits. How contracts define roles and responsibilities, that ultimately equal profits, is also examined in this dissertation.

Linda G. Miller, The Pennsylvania State University, "Changes in Purchasing Organizations: Content, Context, and Process." Miller concentrated on the evolution factors and effects of purchasing and the nature of changes that have been taking place within purchasing departments; triggers; how it occurs; drivers.

Karynne L. Turner, University of Pittsburgh, "Suppliers’ Management of Knowledge: An Empirical Study of the Relationship between a Supplier’s Organizational Controls and Their Development of Firm Capabilities." Turner researched the dissemination of knowledge. More specifically, how suppliers control figuration to develop knowledge and how that knowledge can be used as unique opportunities and competitive advantages.

Eli M. Snir, University of Pennsylvania, "The Information Economics of Information Technology Outsourcing: Evaluating the Unique Difficulties of Information Technology Contracts." Snir’s study reveals difficulties with technology contracts with advanced research into E-Commerce.

Marc E. Ruzicka, Arizona State University, "Electronic Commerce in Supply Chain Management: The Role of the Electronic Auction in the Negotiation Process." Ruzicka developed the use of electronic auction as an information source and as a step in eventually creating negotiation tactics.

In addition, NAPM Senior Research Fellowships for the year 2000 were awarded to the following:

Janet L. Hartley, Bowling Green State University, "An Exploration of E-Procurement Practices." Hartley identified how supply chain managers are effectively integrated into product development projects to identify barriers and to help others understand and develop mechanisms to overcome those barriers.

Daniel R. Krause, Utah State University, "Supplier Development and Its Role in the New Product Development Process." Krause’s research links the steps, hurdles, and processes in new product development to how firms develop suppliers to enhance their own product development services.

The NAPM 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 NAPM by the annual January 31 deadline. For more information on this program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, log on to the NAPM Web site at and select Education, then NAPM Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program.