The National Association of Purchasing Management and Arizona State University Join Forces to Create Educational Opportunities for Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executives

FOR RELEASE: March 9, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) and Arizona State University College of Business (ASU-COB) have created a non-exclusive, joint executive education consortium for purchasing and supply chain management executives.

As a research and educational based association, NAPM strives to form relationships with educational institutions focused primarily on purchasing and supply management. NAPM's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., stated, "I am excited about this relationship with the ASU COB. Together we plan to increase and improve our educational offerings to senior purchasing executives, an area NAPM needs to improve."

As an expansion of NAPM's activity with ASU, three programs will be offered by the association and ASU-COB in Tempe, Arizona. The Supply Management Program will take place April 19-23, 1999. The program will provide executives with a better understanding of the supply chain and how it fits in different business strategies.

The 7th Annual ASU Global Supply Chain Management Seminar will provide executives with information on currency exchange rate management, logistics issues in global sourcing, supply chain management, and other issues as they relate to a global market. The seminar takes place April 12-15, 1999.

The NAPM Purchasing Management Program will begin March 8 and end March 12, 1999. Some of the program's objectives include identifying the changing role of purchasing, reviewing purchasing ethics in an era of partnerships, and developing an action plan for purchasing improvement.

The non-exclusive relationship gives both parties the opportunity to reach their goal, and ultimately make a difference for purchasing and supply management executives. "The ASU-COB is committed to providing high quality, value-added educational offerings to the NAPM membership," stated Joseph Carter, chair of the department of Supply Chain Management, ASU-COB.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association that provides national and international leadership in purchasing and supply management research and education. The association exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession. NAPM provides members and non-members alike with opportunities to expand their professional knowledge and skills. NAPM is comprised of 180 affiliates with more than 44,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.