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APICS Foundation Honors Students for Achievements in Supply Chain and Operations Management

October 24, 2013

CHICAGO (October 24, 2013) – APICS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advances supply chain and operations management and innovation through research, publications, education and talent development, honored students from Clemson University, Temple University, Purdue University and North Carolina State for their outstanding research and problem solving.

Jason Riley, PhD, of Clemson University, received the 2013 Plossl Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and a $2,500 award for his dissertation, titled, “Understanding the Antecedent Competencies of Organizational Risk Management.”

Misty Blessley, a PhD candidate at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, was first runner-up and granted a $1,000 award for her dissertation, titled, “Collaborative Supply Chain Relationship Trust: Given and Confirmed or Earned and Taken Away.”
The fellowship recognizes research that has the potential to yield new insights and emphasizes practical, usable findings that elevate the field. It honors the late George and Marion Plossl, leading volunteers and longtime supporters of the APICS Foundation.

Purdue University, of the APICS Great Lakes District, took home top honors in the APICS International Student Case Competition, which was held at the APICS 2013 conference in Orlando earlier this month. The competition included five teams from leading universities that won local case competitions. The teams participated in a virtual learning experience where they were challenged to use supply chain and other business strategies. The Purdue team was comprised of students Bhoomika Chilakamarri, Kaashif Khan, Shreyas Mehta, Daniel Rowe and Jing Zhao.

In addition, a student poster contest also was held in Orlando. First place was awarded to George Vinoj Vincent of North Carolina State University for his poster, “Key Performance Indicators to Measure Supply Chain Performance.”

APICS Foundation executive director Sharon Rice commented, “A primary focus of the APICS Foundation is advancing education in supply chain and operations management, and these student competitions bring this to life in a very real way. The extraordinary aptitude, determination and dedication shown by these students is incredibly exciting and inspiring. Congratulations to our winners and all those studying what we know to be one of the most exciting, impactful fields in business today.”

More information about APICS Foundation awards and fellowship programs can be found at apicsfoundation.org.


The APICS Foundation advances supply chain and operations management and innovation through research, publications, education and talent development. Organizations and academic programs gain access to the information they need to contribute to the success of supply chains and meet enterprise goals through the foundation’s exceptional network and resources. For more information, visit apicsfoundation.org.


APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit http://apics.org, join the APICS LinkedIn group at apics.org/linkedin, and follow APICS on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Tweet_APICS.


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