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Anderson Schools Students Win Regional Paper Competition

September 5, 2003

The Albuquerque Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) selected the research papers of MBA students at the University of New Mexico's Anderson Schools of Management as Southwest Regional winners of the Donald W. Fogarty International Student Paper Competition.

The first-place paper, "Application of the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes in a Municipal Water Utility," was written by Robert Davis and Thomas Shoemaker. Gary Cseko and Antonio Rodriguez placed third with their paper, "Application of Deming's Plan-Do-Check/Study-Act Cycle to the UNM School of Medicine's Office of Research Protections."

Both student teams developed their winning project papers during the spring 2003 semester in operations management courses taught by Professor Richard A. Reid. The application-oriented project papers were judged on timeliness and relevance to the management of organizational resources, as well as originality, understanding and application of theory, and depth of analysis. As part of their learning experience, these student teams successfully analyzed current operations and implemented changes that resulted in performance improvements at local organizations.

"We are very proud to be able to sponsor these papers," said Dianne L. Rossbach, President of the local chapter. "These students are a credit to The Anderson Schools' graduate program."

Members of the Albuquerque APICS chapter will recognize all papers submitted by ASM students during the APICS dinner and professional development meeting on September 18. Each student team will share learning insights through a short presentation of their project.


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The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.