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ISM Honors Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D., C.P.M. With Shipman Award

FOR RELEASE: May 8, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. (May 8, 2012) — Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D., C.P.M., is the 2012 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award recipient. Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) presented the award to Cavinato today at a recognition lunch in Baltimore during ISM's 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. Cavinato is ISM Professor of Supply Chain Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He is also founding executive director of the A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM. The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award was created by the Purchasing Management Association of New York in 1931, and is awarded annually to an individual who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of the supply management profession.

In a teaching career spanning more than 37 years, Cavinato has launched purchasing and supply programs and courses at world-class educational institutions. In his pioneering role with The Center for Strategic Supply Leadership, Cavinato encourages CPOs to explore the future for the next two to four years and think about what they can possibly implement in their leadership roles.

In 2003, Cavinato joined the faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He created Thunderbird's global supply chain leadership course, which became the most popular elective course for MBA students attending the world-renowned graduate business school. He continues to lead Thunderbird's global supply chain leadership program.

Cavinato earned his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1975. He spent three years at University of Georgia's Terry College of Business then returned to Penn State in 1978, where he remained on the faculty for the next 21 years. At Penn State, Cavinato developed a senior-level purchasing course in the undergraduate program and, later on, another course in the MBA electives. The courses were different from existing purchasing courses at other schools and they proved to be instant successes with students and recruiters. Cavinato next developed a two-week executive program in purchasing and materials management that was offered from 1984 through the late '90s.

In 1990, Cavinato began his ongoing qualitative research study, conducting personal interviews with individuals in different departments at various companies and asking them to reflect on three simple questions designed to ascertain issues, challenges and opportunities for the next three to five years. To date, Cavinato has interviewed more than 6,500 managers and executives at 937 companies on six continents. Information and insights gleaned from the interviews frequently serves as the foundation for Cavinato's teaching, writing and speeches. He has authored more than 200 research academic articles, industry magazine pieces and white papers on global supply/value chains, business models, purchasing and supply, logistics and transportation, corporate social responsibility and top-line growth.

During the early '90s, Cavinato started to profess the growth of the field and the concept of supply. He developed a white paper that detailed what his qualitative research was showing — changes in the field, external influences and a marked shift in executives' expectations were creating vast new opportunities for supply professionals. This white paper, written in 1994, included a definition of supply management that became central to ISM's (then NAPM's) definition of supply that is still regarded today as the ISM definition of supply management.

Among Cavinato's other accomplishments was his creation and use of financial models in the early 1980s. "I realized how the growth of finance was an opportunity for purchasing and procurement," Cavinato says. "I created models called 'Financial Supply Chains' and used them in my writing, teaching and client presentations."

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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