The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Announces the Winner of the 2018 E. Grosvenor Plowman Award

Nashville, TN - (October 1, 2018)  From among those papers accepted for presentation at the Academic Research Symposium, the best research is selected by the Editorial Review Panel and awarded the distinguished E. Grosvenor Plowman Award. Plowman recipients are invited to present their research at the Academic Research Symposium and recognized for their contributions. The Plowman Award is given in honor of E. Grosvenor Plowman, a lifetime supporter of both CSCMP and the logistics profession. Since its inception over thirty years ago, the honor has been awarded annually.
The 2018 E. Grosvenor Plowman Award was presented to Dr. Remko van Hoek of the University of Arkansas, Dr. Laura Briou of Florida Gulf Coast University, and Dr. Stanley Fawcett of Weber State University for their paper entitled, "Don't Build a Bridge to Nowhere: Triangulating Gaps in the Path to Successful Supplier Enabled Innovation."
As stated in the abstract:
Innovation is the lifeblood of successful companies. Leaders like Honda and Procter & Gamble have shown that supplier-enabled innovation (SEI) is particularly important to maintaining a fresh product pipeline at competitive costs. Successful SEI can accelerate time to market and grow customer value. Supplier enabled innovation can directly connect suppliers and sourcing to success in the market, providing tangible evidence that supply chain integration can directly boost market success. However, relatively few firms have developed strong SEI capabilities.
Part of the challenge is that existing SEI research focuses mostly on established relationships between suppliers and the buying firm. Most firms never get to this steady-state status. Few studies, however, consider how buying companies can inculcate absorptive capacity, enabling suppliers to more fully contribute to product and process innovation. We employ a multi-method research program to delineate the launch dynamics of a successful SEI program. Specifically, we perform a detailed literature review, conduct executive workshops, execute three in-depth case studies and conducted a survey. This triangulated effort reveals that managers struggle to develop and sell the business case, establish high levels of internal management support, build an SEI team, and put in place a streamlined process. Each of these steps is crucial to preparing for SEI success. Absent these efforts, buying firms risk undermining supplier-enabled innovation initiatives.

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Nichole Mumford 
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