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Rosanna Cole

Rosanna Cole


Roehampton University Business School


Rosie joined Roehampton Business School in October 2008 from Deloitte LLP. She teaches on the Business programmes and has previously held roles as Year 1 Tutor for all programmes and Pathway Leader for the BSc Business Management degree.

Rosie teaches modules in management and supply chain across the undergraduate programmes as well as supervising undergraduate dissertations for final year students. She has supervised MBA and MSc dissertations at postgraduate level. She is actively involved in both improving the Learning and Teaching of the School and Research within the School.


Fellow of Higher Education Academy
PG Cert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education - Roehampton University
CIMA (Certificate in Business Accounting) - BPP
MA Corporate Strategy & Governance - University of Nottingham
BA (Hons) Management Studies - University of Nottingham

Research interests

Research interests are in Operations Management and Supply Chain practices. Rosie’s research often has a practical focus as a result of her early career in consulting. She is a member of the Special Interest Group in the Business School for Responsible Capitalism.

Rosie is undertaking doctoral research on a part time basis. The focus of her thesis is on the role of social sustainability factors when making supplier selection decisions. This is qualitative research using a case study approach. Rosie regularly presents papers at international and nationwide conferences. Recently this has included the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) annual conference in Sicily (2014), the Logistics Research Network (LRN) annual conference (2011, 2013) and the British Academy of Management (BAM) annual conference (2012). The research presented has focused on the omission of social sustainability factors in academic research and the disparity between theory and practice when considering the social dimension of the triple bottom line, initial studies of the main research questions and a working model for the overall thesis.

Consultancy experience

Rosie’s early career was with Deloitte LLP in their Operations Consultancy division. This included implementing strategies in a constantly changing and complex environment and project team working based around developing and implementing operational strategies and solutions that help clients make lasting improvements in their performance. This consulting background gave Rosie the experience of helping clients drive major operational change within their business. The Operations team which Rosie was a part of provided solutions to successfully deliver strategy. She spent her time between the Programme Leadership and Supply Chain Strategy groups, with special emphasis on process management. Clients included SABMiller, News International, BP and Unilever.

Teaching interests

Rosie is actively involved in the undergraduate teaching curriculum in the Business School and is a member of the Learning and Teaching Advisory Group. She encourages the use of peer review and observation with her colleagues for constant improvement.

Rosie has supervised Masters level dissertations in the supply chain and logistics areas. She also successfully supervises final year undergraduate business project and dissertation students. She encourages her students to use effective research methods and aim to meet suitable research objectives in their projects. Recent completed student projects have included customer satisfaction in retail outlets, supply chain initiatives in small businesses and supplier performance measurement.

Rosie often works with the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit to ensure that her teaching approach is exceptional. This includes observations and feedback from the Unit. She has been involved in a university wide gender and pedagogy project with the LTEU often taking part in focus groups and interviews for their research.

Taught courses


Business Management,
Business Management and Retail Marketing



Cole, R., & Aitken, J. (2014) ‘Making the right decision: supplier self-assessment tools in the context of sustainable supply chains’, paper presented at the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Annual Conference, Palermo, 20th-25th June.

Cole, R. (2014) ‘Under what conditions? Transactional and relational factors affecting supplier selection decisions in the purchasing context of social sustainability’ , paper presented at the Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Doctoral Student Conference, Sheffield, 5th June. Awarded ‘Best Paper’ sponsored by The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS).

Cole, R., & Aitken, J. (2013) ‘The identification and management of factors affecting supplier selection decisions to achieve sustainability objectives’, paper presented at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation: Logistics Research Network Annual Conference, Birmingham, 4th-6th September.

Cole, R., and Aitken, J. (2012) ‘Considering social sustainability factors as a determinant when making supply chain decisions: The difference between theory and practice’, paper presented at British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Cardiff, 11th-13th September.

Aitken, J., and Cole, R. (2011) ‘Service Company Led Reverse Logistics Systems’, paper presented at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation: Logistics Research Network Annual Conference, Southampton, 7th-9th September

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