Where Procurement Professionals Come To Advance Their Supply Management Practices and Skills…

A Unique CAPS Research Member Event


Research 2018

"Building the
Research Pipeline"

January 26, 2018

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona

CPOs or a designee of their choice will spend a day with us at CAPS generating new research topics that are central to your business. This will be a highly interactive process with free-flowing discussions. The end goal of the session will be to design research projects that are valuable to our member companies and move the profession forward.

CAPS Research values our members' opinions. We encourage you to participate!

Days until Event Begins:

What To Expect?

Thomas Choi, Ph.D., Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management and Executive Director of CAPS Research, leads the research activities for CAPS. Dr. Choi invites you to participate in a wide-ranging, intensive discussion to prioritize supply chain research topics of strategic importance to member companies.

This is a complimentary one-day event that will be held at the W. P. Carey School of Business on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona.

Who Should Attend?


This unique event brings together member firms and the CAPS Research team to participate in setting our future research agenda. Together, we'll address key strategic challenges and opportunities vital to the success of your organization.

Any questions? Contact us at ResearchEvents@capsresearch.org.

Why Attend?

  • Setting the Agenda – Collaborate with CAPS Research to determine SCM research topics that are of strategic importance to member organizations in the near term.
  • High-level Networking – Interact with executives from other global companies, many of whom may share the same challenges and opportunities as you.
  • Interactive Discussions with No Sales Pitches – We maintain a vendor-free, consultant-free environment, allowing very candid conversation and exchange of ideas. We encourage dialogue and interaction throughout the agenda.

Research 2018 Agenda

This agenda is subject to change. A final/detailed agenda will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event.

  Friday, January 26, 2018
7:00 amNetworking & Continental Breakfast
 Opening and Welcome
Deborah Stanton, Executive Managing Director
Thomas Choi, Executive Director
CAPS Research
 Participant Introductions
Thomas Choi, Executive Director
CAPS Research
Tom Choi
 Networking Break
 Brainstorming (continued)
Tom Choi
 Identifying Projects
Tom Choi
 Team Breakout
Tom Choi
 Report Out & Discussion
Tom Choi
 Wrap Up
Tom Choi
2:00 pmEvent Concludes

Registration & Fees

Registration is complimentary.

Registration closes on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided during the event.

All travel, lodging, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

For questions about registration, please contact us at ResearchEvents@capsresearch.org, or at +1-480-752-2277.


Location/Hotel Details

Research Event Location
McCord Hall, Room 450
W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University
450 E. Lemon Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

Hotel Information
Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for their own lodging. Properties near the event location:

The Graduate Tempe225 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ 85281480-967-9431
Tempe Mission Palms60 East Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85281480-894-1400
Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University510 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281480-967-2300

Please contact us at ResearchEvents@capsresearch.org or +1-480-752-2277.

The purpose of this CAPS Research event is to provide supply executives with the opportunity to learn from presentations, breakouts, and from each other. Because the participants represent firms that may compete with one another, it is important that we adhere to the agenda and avoid any discussions or conversations that may not be appropriate. We all wish to comply with antitrust laws and we should strive to avoid even the appearance of improper comments or behavior.

It is the express policy and intention of CAPS Research to comply at all times with all antitrust laws, and in furtherance of this policy, no activity or program will be sponsored or conducted by CAPS Research that in any manner whatsoever will be a violation of the antitrust laws.


The following are basic antitrust guidelines that CAPS Research prescribes for any CAPS Research-sponsored meeting or event. It is not appropriate to discuss:

  1. Current or future prices.
  2. What constitutes fair profits.
  3. Possible increases or decreases in prices.
  4. Standardization or stabilization of prices.
  5. Pricing procedures.
  6. Cash discounts.
  7. Credit terms.
  8. Control of sales.
  9. Allocation of markets, and freight allowances.
  10. Specific contract terms used with suppliers.
  11. Plans or strategies to award or remove business from a particular supplier.
  12. Refusal to deal with a corporation or individual because of its pricing or marketing practices.
  13. Confidential information or trade secrets.

These guidelines apply equally to discussions that occur during event sessions as well as during breaks, meals, and social activities.

All participants are encouraged to promptly object to any question, comment, or discussion that they do not believe is appropriate for this meeting.