Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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In This Issue ...

This Month in the Inside Supply Management® Magazine

Have you checked out this month's issue of Inside Supply Management® magazine? The August issue is full of useful information, including the following articles:

  • Five Best Practices For Category Management
  • Take The Lead With A Coach
  • The Key To Strategic Sourcing

To access the August Inside Supply Management® magazine's table of contents, which contains links to all these articles and more click here.

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CPSM® Computer-Based Exams Are Here

ISM now accepts online registrations for CPSM® Exams that can be scheduled and taken at Pearson VUE professional test centers worldwide during any available testing time that meets your needs.

Just go to the ISM Web site and select Professional Credentials, then Certified Professional in Supply Management, and Register for CPSM® Exams. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that includes the Pearson Vue link to schedule your exam. You will be able to schedule your appointment(s) within 24 hours or less of receiving the confirmation. Exam registrations are valid for one year. Computer-based testing is available at the standard price of $180 for members and $265 for non-members.

Questions? Call ISM Customer Service at 480/752-6276 or 800/888-6276, extension 401. You can also contact them by e-mail.

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First International CPSM® Announced

Paving the way for supply management professionals in Mexico, Eduardo Shelley, CPSM, is the first to earn the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®), a new designation designed to help prepare supply managers for broader levels of responsibility. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) launched the CPSM® during its 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in St. Louis in May 2008.

Shelley is employed by Oracle de Mexico and has been involved in industry operations since 1984. He has led and participated in projects in the automotive, steel and high-tech industries. Shelley was part of the CPSM® pilot testing program through ISM's Mexican affiliate, APROCAL.

To earn the CPSM®, Shelley had to meet all the criteria established by ISM for earning the qualification, including:

  • Three years of full-time professional supply management experience (nonclerical or nonsupport);
  • A clear statement from a specific country's higher learning and accrediting body concerning a degree's equivalency or a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Pass all three CPSM® Exams, or take the bridge exam if already a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) in good standing.

"I strongly believe that education is the key for the progress of any country, and that is especially true for Mexico," said Shelley. "We are seeing a lot of companies moving manufacturing facilities to this country. To add value to our products and processes we have to have a more educated workforce at all levels."

For additional information on the CPSM® program and exam preparation materials, or to sign up for CPSM® e-mail updates, click here.

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ISM Announces Doctoral Grant Awards

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 amounts ranging from $6,000 to $12,000:

  • Arash Azadegan — W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
    Supplier Innovativeness and Manufacturer Performance: An Organizational Learning Perspective
    Azadegan's dissertation area of interest is in supplier innovativeness, with particular emphasis on the effect of component and design outsourcing on buyer performance.

  • Hillbun (Dixon) Ho — Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona
    Knowledge Sharing Between Competing Suppliers in the Customer's Supply-Chain Network
    Ho's dissertation develops a conceptual model that examines knowledge sharing and collaboration between two competing suppliers in serving a common customer (buyer organization).

  • Sridhar Viswanathan — Michigan State University
    The Practice of Risk Management in Outsourcing and its Impacts: an Empirical Investigation
    Viswanathan's dissertation investigates two research questions. First, what are the factors that influence the practice of risk management in outsourcing contexts? And second, what are the benefits derived from risk management practices?

  • Zachary Williams — Mississippi State University
    Supply Chain Security: An Institutional Theory Approach to Strategies and Outcomes
    Williams' dissertation has three main objectives. The first is determining different organizational strategies for securing goods throughout the supply chain. The second objective is determining what drives organizations to partake in supply chain security strategies. The third objective is to determine if organizational performance varies among supply chain security strategy type.

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 DBA in purchasing, business, logistics, management, economics, industrial engineering or related fields. The application deadline each year is January 31. For information on application procedures and award procedures, click here.

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Call for 2009 Shipman Award Nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award is presented annually to an individual whose persistent efforts have aided the advancement of supply management.

Johnson Shipman was a pioneer member of the New York affiliate of the National Association of Purchasing Agents, well-known for giving liberally of his time and counsel. The award was established in 1931 to commemorate the contributions of Shipman, a man known for his vision, intellect and influence on important issues. The award is presented to those individuals whose modest, unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts have aided the advancement of the supply management field. Those chosen for the award have also assisted and guided members of the supply management profession in their endeavors.

If you wish to nominate someone who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of supply management as an innovator, community leader, mentor and teacher, please contact Judy Waters at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3034 or by e-mail. Nominations are due by January 31, 2009. Nominees do not have to be ISM members.

For more information on previous Shipman medalists, click here.

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Calendar of Events for September

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: FINANCING STATEMENT.

Definition: Publicly filed document used to evidence a security interest in certain collateral. Sometimes called a UCC-1 form. UCC 9-502.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( each day — seven days a week. The Term of the Day is 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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