Thursday, November 1, 2007




University of San Diego School of Business Administration

In This Issue ...
  • October Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 50.9%.  Read more.
  • Here's What Your Colleagues Are Saying About the CPSM.  Read more.
  • ISM Volunteer Positions Available.  Read more.
  • Sponsor CPSM Pilot Testing.  Read more.
  • Web Site of Interest.  Read more.
  • ISM and USD Launch Educational Relationship Over Specialized Master's Degree.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • It's Easy to Subscribe to the Just in ETime Newsletter.  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

October Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 50.9%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the ninth consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 72nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "Manufacturing growth slowed in October to its lowest level since March 2007. While the New Orders Index continued to grow and the Production Index fell below 50 for the first time since January 2007, the Employment Index grew slightly, signaling continuing strength in manufacturing employment. It does appear that the impact of the slow down in the financial, housing and transportation segments has spilled over into manufacturing with the exception being continued strength in new export orders."

To read the entire release click here.

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Here's What Your Colleagues Are Saying About the CPSM

Get the first look at what your colleagues are saying about the CPSM. Hear your colleagues' thoughts and opinions about the qualification and what it means to the profession. Our video, Dare to Lead, is currently being distributed to ISM affiliates and companies interested in offering pilot testing for employees and affiliate members.

"The CPSM supports new standards in supply management. With an emphasis on all the major components of the profession, managers who earn the CPSM qualification show they have the skills to make better decisions and implement innovative and effective supply strategies. The level of expertise represented by the CPSM is where YOU want YOUR career to be. Dare to Lead — and upgrade your strategic capabilities with the Certified Professional in Supply Management qualification." ISM, Dare to Lead, 2007.

To view the Dare to Lead video click here.

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ISM Volunteer Positions Available

This notification outlines the ISM volunteer positions available in 2008.

ISM encourages all members to express their interest in ISM volunteer opportunities. In principle and practice, ISM values and seeks a diverse membership. Individual viewpoints and contributions are pursued and respected. There are no barriers to full participation in ISM, regardless of members' ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Positions available for consideration:

  • Certification Committee
  • Conference Leadership Committee (CLC)
  • Diversity Committee
  • Educational Resources Committee
  • Ethical Standards Committee
  • Affiliate, Group and Forum Relations Committee
  • Leadership Training Workshop Planning Committees
  • Plus, Periodic Project Based Volunteer Activities

Individuals interested in these volunteer positions may indicate their qualifications and personal commitment to serve ISM in the desired position on the Volunteer Position Interest Form. Submit the Volunteer Position Interest Form by December 1, 2007.

To access the available Volunteer Positions links, visit the ISM Home Page or click here.

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Sponsor CPSM Pilot Testing

Be a part of the new era in supply management by having your company or ISM affiliate sponsor CPSM Pilot Testing this next February and March 2008. Affiliates and companies must have at least five exams to test (individuals may take multiple exams) in order to register for the pilot program.

The scope and potential of the profession has dramatically increased. Dare to lead by having your company or ISM affiliate sponsor CPSM Pilot Testing.

Individuals please contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, or +1 480/752-6276, extension 401.

To coordinate on-site testing for groups (affiliates and participating companies), please contact:

Kelly Rich or Trish True
ISM Senior Sales Associates
800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3061 or 3086

For more information on the CPSM Pilot Testing Program click here.

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Web Site of Interest.

This month's Web Site of Interest is: Osh.Net.

Osh.Net is an Internet gateway for occupational health and safety resources and information. The site includes a directory of links for resources on industrial hygiene, emergency management, government agencies and regulations, legal information, and industry-specific information.

To access this Web site click here.

Please note: This external Internet address contains information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of ISM. Links from this Web site, or any other Web site(s) accessible from this Web site, to any product, entity, service, or information, do not constitute a recommendation by ISM. ISM is not responsible for the contents of any other Web site.

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ISM and USD Launch Educational Relationship Over Specialized Master's Degree

ISM, in collaboration with the University of San Diego School of Business Administration, has approved one of the private institution's specialized master's degree programs. The Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MS-SCM) is available to supply chain management professionals currently working in the field. This program focuses on flexible, interactive skill development for supply management professionals. The target enrollment date for the next cohort is December 1, 2007 with the program starting February 6, 2008.

For enrollment requirements and complete details of the program click here.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: PORT AUTHORITY.

Definition: National, state or local government agency that owns, operates, or otherwise provides wharf, dock, and other terminal investments at marine or air ports.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( each day — 7 days a week. The Term of the Day is currently taken from the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only Glossary which includes terms from the private, public, and various industry sectors, and from a wide variety of sources. The Glossary can be browsed alphabetically, or searched by keyword.

To access the online Glossary click here.

If you are not a member but would like membership information click here.

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It's Easy to Subscribe to the Just in ETime Newsletter

The Just in ETime e-mail newsletter delivers ISM- and supply/procurement-related news and updates directly to subscribers' desktops every other week. You'll receive breaking news, such as the ISM Report On Business®, information on upcoming seminars and programs, changes to ISM's certification programs, as well as Web sites of interest to supply/procurement professionals.

It's easy to subscribe to the Just in ETime newsletter, all you need is your e-mail address. Best of all — there's no charge to become a subscriber!

To subscribe to Just in ETime click here.

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