Distinguished Professor and Researcher Joins the National Association of Purchasing Management

FOR RELEASE: January 10, 2000

  Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  480/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) is proud to welcome Dr. Joseph L. Cavinato, C.P.M., as senior vice president and NAPM distinguished professor of supply chain management.

Cavinato’s extensive experience in purchasing and supply chain management has made him a forerunner in the purchasing field. He comes to NAPM with more than 38 years of experience, and has witnessed and projected many of the significant strides the purchasing and supply chain management profession has made since the mid-1970s.

Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, states, "Dr. Cavinato will be key in identifying the strategic, innovative futures of the purchasing and supply field for NAPM. This will enable the association to relay value-added, strategic information to its members and, in turn, assist purchasing and supply management professionals in stepping-up their performance in the organizations in which they work."

"NAPM is currently at a juncture of endless possibilities. Purchasing and supply chain management is evolving into its next future — one where practitioners need to be a part of developing the firm’s strategies and have an overall scope of their entire organization," notes Cavinato. "These days, a practitioner who just does what he or she is doing faster and more efficiently is not enough. Innovating better and different ways to make a bottomline difference is where we need to be."

Cavinato’s forward-thinking, strategic approach to supply chain practices has earned him numerous awards, and has allowed him to develop management-level programs for organizations such as Exxon, Unilever, SwissAir Group, and the U.S. Navy.

Cavinato recently served as an associate professor of business logistics at The Pennsylvania State University. He was the executive director of the Acquisition Research and Development Center and senior research fellow at the Center for Global Studies in Washington, D.C.

In addition, his lead faculty member position of Pennsylvania State Executive Programs included a joint venture with the National University of Singapore programs in Supply Chains and Logistics, as well as the development of the World Bank’s African Virtual University supply management programs. His experience as a professor and researcher focused on strategic supply and acquisition, electronic business, and business outlook.

He has been an active member of NAPM since 1979, and most recently was a member of the NAPM—Pittsburgh, Inc. affiliate. "We, at NAPM, are extremely excited to have a person of Dr. Cavinato's ability and stature joining our staff. Joe will bring us a wealth of knowledge and experience in supply management. We plan to tap this knowledge to broaden our educational offerings as well as improve what we currently offer. I believe that over time, Joe will impact virtually all of NAPM's educational programs and products," states Novak.

Having worked with more than 60 domestic and international organizations as a consultant, Cavinato has authored and co-authored several books including NAPM’s Purchasing Handbook: A Guide for Purchasing and Supply Professionals, 6th edition; The Supply Chain/Transportation Dictionary, which will be available early this year; Leveraging Pyramid; and Marketplace Intelligence, which will be published late this year. He has written more than 130 cases in strategy, inter-organization linkages, purchasing, and value chain management.

Cavinato received his Ph.D. in Business from The Pennsylvania State University, and his MBA and B.S. from the American University in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he received the A.T. Kearney Doctoral Dissertation Award for a study of multi-firm supply chain systems — total cost measurement systems — the first research believed to be conducted in supply chains.

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 nonmembers alike with opportunities to expand their professional knowledge and skills. NAPM is comprised of 182 affiliates with more than 46,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.