The 19th Annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management


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March 27-29, 2008
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe
Tempe, Arizona

Sponsored by the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), Educational Resources Committee, CAPS Research, and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)


Pilot testing for the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) is offered during the symposium on Saturday, March 29, 2008. CPSM Exam Pilot Testing fees are $50 USD per exam. Register for exams with your symposium registration.

This innovative program focuses on research in the fields of supply management, purchasing, logistics, materials management, information, technology and decision science. Join your distinguished colleagues from academia, research and business for this dynamic program that explores current research findings, ongoing research, emerging trends, research methodologies and business research needs. Be prepared to discuss a mix of topics, processes, innovative pedagogy, instructional techniques and classroom materials.

This program features an inventive mix of presenters, from business and academia, creating opportunities to explore the application of theoretical research to create business solutions.

Symposium highlights include the presentation of several research papers that were selected through a rigorous review process. Combining an organizational and academic view, this respected event covers content and delivery practices, gleaning the best from each platform.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to network with your colleagues within an atmosphere of constructive discussion and insightful exchange. And, earn 12.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) for your attendance.


Join us to learn about new research that addresses dynamic topics in supply management and instruction.

INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT™ (ISM) is the first and largest supply management institute in the world. The mission of 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 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).

CAPS RESEARCH is a global research organization sponsored by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the Institute for Supply Management™. Working in partnership with its global network of executives and academics, CAPS Research is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of strategic supply management knowledge and best practices.

THE PURCHASING MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (PMAC) is the leading professional association in Canada for supply chain management professionals. With more than 40,000 members and program participants working in all sectors of the Canadian economy, PMAC is the principal source of training, education and professional development for supply chain management professionals in Canada. The highest achievement in professional supply chain management education in Canada is the PMAC Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation.