What Does ISM's New Board Composition Mean?

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) quietly released their new Board for 2007. Theresa Metty, who formerly chaired ISM, has stepped down (Lisa Martin has stepped up in her place). But to me, the more interesting tidbit of news to come out of the announcement is that only a minority of Board members are practitioners this time around (consultants and investors don't count, in my book). Not that this is necessarily a negative, but it's something to ponder, given the important role that ISM plays in setting training, learning and certification standards for practitioners. Given the importance of ISM's Board in providing general oversight and direction, I wonder if the group might be better served by having more members whose actual procurement teams are the ones who are in theory deriving benefit and using the organization's services (versus expert outsiders or consultants with possible ambitions of profiting off of relations with ISM's members). Am I off base here? What do you think?

Jason Busch

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