Wednesday, March 19, 2008


University of San Diego School of Business Administration


93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference

In This Issue ...
  • This Month in the Inside Supply Management® Magazine.  Read more.
  • The 19th Annual North American Research and Teaching Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.  Read more.
  • ISM Supply Management Professional Development Paths.  Read more.
  • ISM Gears Up for Next Series of Satellite Seminars.  Read more.
  • CPSM Train-the-Trainer Courses are Here!  Read more.
  • Calendar of Events for April.  Read more.
  • Term of the Day.  Read more.
  • Contact Us.  Read more.

This Month in the Inside Supply Management® Magazine

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

  • Strengthen Your Financial Supply Chain
  • Social Responsibility in the Real Business World
  • Profile: Nike's Global Staffing Program
  • New Tools for Managing Risk

To access the March Inside Supply Management® magazine's table of contents, which contains links to all this month's articles click here.

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

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

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

This innovative 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 research papers which focus on current and ongoing research, emerging trends, research methodologies and business research needs. Selected through a rigorous review process which looks at both an organizational and academic view, this year's event covers the best new ideas and best practices in:

  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Global Issues
  • Journal Editors Panel
  • Educational Programs and Models
  • Human Resources
  • Social Responsibility
  • Supply Chain / Management
  • Supply Chain Models
  • Outsourcing and Supplier Issues

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.

Pilot testing for the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) is offered during the symposium on Saturday, March 29, 2008. Register for exams with your symposium registration.

Program Fee: $295 USD - CPSM Pilot Exams: $50 USD

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

Register Now!  Click here.

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ISM Supply Management Professional Development Paths

The ISM Supply Management Professional Development Paths document was created by ISM to provide direction and guidance to individuals and organizations looking to build a comprehensive professional development program. Our aim was to stimulate thought and provide direction from which professional development goals and objectives can be established for an individual or the entire organization.

To download your copy of the ISM Supply Management Professional Development Paths, click here.

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ISM Gears Up for Next Series of Satellite Seminars

ISM will present three satellite seminars during the 2008-09 program year:

  • February 12, 2009 — Applying Lean Concepts in Supply Management
  • April 23, 2009 — Preparing to Negotiate On-Shore and Offshore
  • June 4, 2009 — Talent and Career Management for Supply Professionals

Stay tuned for more information on this.

Join Us for Next Month's Satellite Seminar on Sustainability

The topic of "sustainability" has leapt into corporate boardrooms, raising questions of the company's social responsibility and environmental practice, policies and decision-making. Questions find their way to supply management and challenge us to explore how our companies and our suppliers are dealing with sustainability. In ISM's next satellite seminar, "Supply Management's Role in Sustainability," a panel of supply management professionals will discuss what "sustainability" means to supply managers, including how this concept is being embedded in contract language, supplier audits, regulations, reporting requirements and compliance.

This 4-1/2 hour program airs at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on April 17, 2008. Organizations with C-Band satellite downlink capability are welcome to tune in. You can obtain the satellite coordinates for this program by e-mailing

If you are unable to downlink the live broadcast, visit the Products area of the ISM Web site for details on how you can order a DVD set of this program. The deadline to order this product is May 16, 2008.

Additional details regarding this satellite seminar are posted on the ISM Web site, click here.

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CPSM Train-the-Trainer Courses are Here!

Get the tools you need to develop and teach CPSM review courses-Free!

You will receive:

  • Instructor Manual with teaching notes, case studies and sample exam questions
  • Access to PowerPoint slides
  • Participant Manual with permission to copy
  • Your name listed on ISM's Web site as a CPSM Review Instructor (must attend full program)

Please note: The CPSM Study Guide is a required text for this course.

Program Dates:
  • March 25-26, 2008 — Tempe, AZ
  • April 16-17, 2008 — Tempe, AZ
  • May 1-2, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 8-9, 2008 — St. Louis, MO
  • May 21-22, 2008 — Chicago, IL
  • June 26-27, 2008 (1 1/2 day program only) — Charlotte, NC
  • June 30-July 1, 2008 — Dallas, TX
  • July 23-24, 2008 — Boston, MA
  • August 3, 2008 (1 day program only) — Las Vegas, NV
  • September 16-17, 2008 — Tempe, AZ
  • December 2-3, 2008 — Phoenix, AZ

For more information or to register, click here.

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Calendar of Events for April

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: BASE-STOCK SYSTEM.

Definition: An inventory system in which a replenishment order is issued each time a withdrawal is made, and the order quantity is equal to the amount of the withdrawal. This type of system is also referred to as a par-stock system (bringing stock back to par level).

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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Contact Us

Questions/Comments? Contact RaeAnn Slaybaugh.

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