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Aleda Roth

Class of 2012-13

Aleda Roth
Aleda Roth

Clemson University
Distinguished Fellow, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society
Fellow, Decision Sciences Institute
Fellow, Production and Operations Management Society

Aleda V. Roth is the Burlington Industries Distinguished Professor at Clemson University. She is widely known for her work on risk analysis, sustainability, and supply chain. Her research is motivated by theoretical and practical explanations of how firms can best deploy their operations, global supply chain, and technology strategies for competitive advantage.

Her research addresses the performance and competitiveness impacts of emerging paradigms, including strategic sourcing/reshoring, operational and quality risks, supply chain adaptivity, complexity, sustainability, service science and design for customer experience, knowledge sharing, and e-operations strategies. 

Roth earned her master’s in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her doctorate from The Ohio State University. 

With over 200 publications (92 in refereed journals), Roth’s work ranks in the top one percent of production and operations management scholars in the U.S. and seventh worldwide in service management research. Over her career, she has received over $2.75 million in external research funding. Roth has received over 70 research and teaching awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Production and Operations Management Society’s College of Service Operations in 2009.

At Texas A&M, Roth worked on problems in the food and pharmaceutical supply chain. A number of operational risks exist in FDA regulated supply chains.  Various quality problems have been associated with foods and pharmaceuticals—especially their ingredients imported from China and other emerging markets. Today, almost 25 percent of our foods/ingredients come from China and about 80 percent of active ingredients from China and India. There exists limited capacity of current regulatory bodies to police product flows, including lack of enforcement by the FDA. In emerging market countries, problems often arise when pursuit of profit isn’t held in check by regulatory forces, resulting in noncompliance with laws and standards, and are exacerbated by corruption and counterfeiting.

Roth collaborated with Mays Business School’s Greg Heim and Michael Ketzenberg, associate professors of information and operations management. She also collaborated with Rich Metters, Tenneco professor and department head of information and operations management.

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