ISM Announces Doctoral Grants and Research Fellowships

FOR RELEASE: September 23, 2005

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

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 23, 2005 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), with the support of the ISM Board of Directors, has awarded grants to four 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 doctoral candidates were awarded ISM Doctoral Dissertation Grants in the amount of $10,000:

Bryan Ashenbaum — W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Exploring the Purchasing-Logistics Interface: Conceptualization, Antecedents of Integration and Performance Implications
Ashenbaum's dissertation research addresses the combination of environmental and strategic factors that necessitate a concerted effort toward more integration and interface between purchasing and logistics.

Reham A. Eltantawy — College of Business, Florida State University
The Impact of Strategic Skills on Supply Management Performance: A Resource-Based View
Eltantawy's research studies factors that contribute to the supply management unit's performance and explores their importance to various inter- and intra-departmental decisions such as supplier relationship, recruiting the right skills in the supply management unit, and investing in a supply knowledge base.

Wendy L. Tate — W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Supplier Selection for Offshored Service Purchases
Tate's research utilizes three separate, but integrated theoretical lenses — transaction costs, agency theory, and resource dependence — to understand how some organizations define, assess, and manage the process of selecting offshore service suppliers as well as how these organizations define success in these relationships.

Regis Terpend — W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Trust-Inducing and Trust-Reducing Forms of Power in the Buyer-Supplier Relationship: Effect on Collaboration and Performance
Terpend's dissertation research explores trust as an alternative governance mechanism and how trust levels vary not so much with the amount of power in the relationship, but with the nature of power being exercised.

ISM's Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program seeks qualified applicants from a diverse population regardless of gender, race, creed, age, ethnic 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 2005:

Ajay Das, Ph.D. — Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Determining the Relationship Between Supply Chain Management Technology Investments and Firm Performance

Richard R. Young, Ph.D., C.P.M. — School of Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University
Significant Drivers and Costs of Utilizing Offshore Suppliers

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, and then Scholarship Opportunities.

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. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. 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 40,000 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 Supply Management (IFPSM). Visit ISM's Media Room at, Quick Search: QS130.

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