25th October 2011, 10:25am
Michael's award-winning research on supply chain management put to use
Michael Sisask A University of Lincoln graduate has won a prestigious award for writing a dissertation which has made a significant contribution to his job with his new employers.

Michael Sisask (23) from Stamford, Lincolnshire, received the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's Undergraduate Logistics (CILT) Dissertation of the Year Award for 2011.

He was invited to Portsmouth to dine on board one of the Royal Navy's historic warships, HMS Warrior, and receive his award.

Michael, who graduated with a degree in Business Studies from Lincoln in 2010, spent a year working in the purchasing department at Cummins Generator Technologies in Stamford as part of his undergraduate course.

His dissertation on purchasing and supply chain management which was described as "outstanding" by lecturers used the engineering firm as a case study.

On graduating Michael was offered a job at Cummins and he is now continuing his studies with the support of his new employers.

"My dissertation focused on the area of supply chain management and examined how managing the purchasing of commodities can lead to cost reductions within the supply chain," he said.

"My study reviewed trends within supply chains and the development of the purchasing function over recent years. It also highlighted areas of key importance and discussed potential issues that businesses, such as Cummins, may face in today's global marketplace."

Michael was awarded a first-class grade for his dissertation, which was an "exceptional piece of research" according to his tutor Jonathan Owens, a Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management at Lincoln Business School.

"I have been assessing undergraduate dissertations for over ten years and I felt Michael's work was exceptional," he said. "That is why I recommended him for this award.
"Michael presented his research question clearly and developed a robust methodological approach that allowed him to test his aim and research hypothesis.
"Most importantly his dissertation was relevant to his current employer and I understand his findings are being implemented.
"His work has now been benchmarked against graduates from universities from across the UK and has been considered to be the best of the best. This is such a fabulous accomplishment for him in the infancy of his career."

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport's Logistics Research Network Conference awards dinner took place in Portsmouth on 8 September 2011.
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