Dr Rosanna Cole

Dr Rosanna Cole

Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

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 is currently the Programme Link Tutor for all Roehampton Online Business and Management programmes.

Rosie teaches modules in management, operations 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.


PhD (Surrey) The role of social sustainability in supplier selection
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

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Conference papers

Cole, R. (2015) ‘Moving towards a stewardship perspective in the management of socially sustainable supply chains', paper presented at the BAM Annual Conference, Portsmouth, 8th-10th September.

Cole, R., & Aitken, J. (2015) ‘Supplier self-assessment and the role of third parties in the pursuit of sustainable supply chains', paper presented at the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) Sustainable Supply Chains and Operations Forum, Barcelona, 23rd-24th March.

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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