Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Broadens Online Course Offerings

FOR RELEASE: October 13, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
Institute Responds to Member Need for Convenient Education Alternatives

October 13, 2004 (Tempe, Ariz.) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), the world's largest institute for supply management professionals, announces the debut of several new online courses. Offered in ISM's online Knowledge Center, the courses provide education alternatives that are easy, convenient and cost-effective. The Knowledge Center specializes in self-directed study and is designed to provide basic to advanced training covering a variety of topics for several industries. As participants venture to keep current on critical topics, the broadened course offerings deliver expert strategies and world-class tactics in the areas of price analysis, cost analysis, total cost of ownership and negotiation. In addition, two e-commerce courses are slated for release later this fall.

"Our members are realizing the need to 'do more with fewer resources' while striving to survive in an extremely competitive economy," says ISM CEO Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P. "As this trend continues, our Knowledge Center will address these very real issues by supporting the needs of both the individual and corporate entities."

ISM's Knowledge Center offers entry-level through advanced courseware to meet the needs of all supply professionals. Both cost-effective and convenient, course fees are $195 for members and nonmembers. ISM is offering an introductory enrollment fee of $149 for the new courses. Participants can complete courses from virtually any location using a laptop computer and an Internet connection, and have 24/7 access for a full year. The Knowledge Center provides an interactive multimedia delivery using practical exercises, real-world scenarios and case studies.

"ISM will continue to develop more courses in response to our members' needs," explains Vince Killian, manager, ISM instructional design. "One of our goals is to make the lifelong learning process more valuable and meaningful. Our belief is that the enrollment decision should not be based solely on time or travel resources."

The ISM Knowledge Center is located online at Additional information is available through ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, or 480/752-6276, extension 401. ISM also offers a host of Web seminars, online learning and independent study aids. Information is available at

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 43,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Materials Management (IFPMM).

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