|Monday, June 10, 2013||Application period opens|
|Friday, September 6, 2013
by Midnight MST
|The application period closes for the Ninth Annual Institute for Supply Management™ — Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Supply Management.|
|January 2014||Winners notified|
|Monday, May 5, 2014||Awards Dinner, ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Las Vegas, NV.|
|May 5-7, 2014||Award winners present workshops at the ISM Conference in Las Vegas, NV.|
Supply management departments in organizations of all sizes and geographic locations, domestic and international, are invited to apply. Members of the Evaluation Committee are unable to review entries from their own company or those from direct competitors. Company data submitted remains strictly confidential unless ISM receives permission to use information in an ISM brochure, magazine or website.
For the 2014 Awards, the project/initiative must (1) have been completed and/or implemented and (2) have measurable outcomes within the date range of October 1, 2010 through August 30, 2013.
ISM has developed a web-enabled platform for you to use to submit an application. You will be able to upload documents in standard format files.
Applicants must submit the following:
The Oversight Committee reserves the right to remove any application from consideration at its sole discretion.
An application fee of $1,000 per organization is required for 2014 Award applications. Organizations may submit up to five (5) unique applications for the $1,000 application fee. Each submission may be entered in only one category. Companies enrolled in the ISM Corporate Program do not pay an application fee.
The application fee will be used to build the scholarship fund awarded by ISM. The entry fee is not refundable. If you have any questions about this fee, please email ISM at Awards@ism.ws.
It is ISM's intention to give one award per category based on the merits of the submissions. Five additional awards may be given and come from one category or a combination of categories if submissions warrant it. Awards are dependent on applications of sufficient quality. In support of the ISM mission "enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide," the Oversight Committee focuses on identifying entries that exhibit leadership and innovative thinking coupled with measurable organizational impact.
Three factors are most crucial in guiding the judges' selections. First, projects must address big challenges for which new solutions would have wide organizational and/or supply chain impact. Second, top contenders must offer a truly innovative solution, rather than just a modest improvement over existing practices. Third, entries must be supported by rigorous data based on real-world performance.
Results should be measured, significant and sustainable. They may be hard or soft, and projected or actual. The results may be measured against any recognized metric such as revenue enhancement, asset management, cost management, productivity, speed-to-market or competitiveness. Metrics are not confined to this list. While results may be projected or actual, judges place higher value on results that are supported by data. Results may be presented as percentages or the magnitude of change rather than absolute numbers. If appropriate and available, validation outside the supply arena is welcome.
The Evaluation Committee and the Oversight Committee assess entries based on the following award criteria:
For the 2014 Awards, the project/initiative must either (1) have been completed and/or implemented and (2) have measurable outcomes within the date range of October 1, 2010 through August 30, 2013.
The Evaluation Committee is comprised of senior supply professionals. Reviewers evaluate applications against pre-established criteria and recommend finalists to the Oversight Committee for approval. The Oversight Committee is comprised of senior supply executives and academics and is responsible for setting policy and selecting awards winners.
Winners will be notified in January 2014. All notifications are strictly confidential. Award recipients will be publicly announced and honored at an Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Las Vegas, NV. Winners agree to make a presentation at the Conference, which runs May 5-7, 2014.
Direct questions to Karin Spencer, at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3068 (or if calling from outside the United States 480/752-6276, extension 3068), or by email at Awards@ism.ws.