Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Flagship management journal honors Aleda Roth with research award in her name


Aleda Roth is no stranger to receiving international acclaim for her research in service operations, but the College of Business management professor’s most recent recognition may be her most coveted accolade in a career that has seen many.

Mugshot of Aleda Roth, management professor
Aleda Roth

The Production and Operations Management (POM) Journal recently announced it has established a biennial award in Roth’s name to recognize outstanding research in service operations management.

Beginning in 2022, the “Aleda Roth Best Service Operations Management Paper Award” will be presented every other year to the best research paper published in POM’s service operations department.

Roth’s distinguished career has been decorated with awards, which isn’t something she’s pursued, rather they’ve found their way to her.

“I love research and it’s always something I’ve really worked hard at. This recognition is especially humbling and probably one of the most prestigious I’ve received, given the award is being established in my name,” the Burlington Industries Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management said. “Hopefully, and more importantly, those who receive it will look at what I did in opening some doors and improving the quality of our lives through research.”

She is an internationally recognized empirical scholar and thought leader in manufacturing and service operations strategy. Her research is motivated by and examines theoretical and practical explanations of how firms can best deploy their operations, global supply chains, and technology strategies for competitive advantage, sustainability, and public well-being.

Roth is among the most influential authors in her respective areas of expertise, according to an analysis of the most frequently cited author/researchers within the business management discipline. Year in and out, she is ranked among the highest of her peers in research worldwide.

Roth has received more than 100 research and teaching awards since receiving her doctorate in 1986. In more than 200 publications (110 in refereed journals), her work ranks No. 2 as a leading author globally among all  papers published in the four premier journals in her field from 2001-2015;  in the top 1 percent of Production and Operations Management scholars in the U.S.; in the top 2 percent, published in the Journal of Operations Management; and 7th worldwide in service-management research. According to Google Scholar, her work received more than 17,500 citations.

In announcing the biennial award along with nine others, Production and Operations Management said Roth’s award recognized eminent scholars for their contributions to her discipline and to the service of the (POM) Society. Recipients of the awards will be selected by committees appointed by the editor-in-chief of POM.

“Dr. Roth’s recognition by the flagship journal within operations management is a testament to all she’s accomplished in her distinguished career,” said College of Business Dean Wendy York. “Her research achievements are well-documented and the outcome of that research has benefited the quality of life for many. This recognition not only speaks to her many contributions to service operations but also to the quality of faculty we have in the College of Business.”

Roth has taught and researched at Clemson University since 2006. Prior to that she served at Arizona State University as the W. P. Carey School of Business Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she was the Mary Farley Ames Lee Distinguished Professor. She also held faculty positions at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Boston University School of Management.

About Production and Operations Management

Production and Operations Management is a peer-reviewed academic journal that serves as the flagship research journal in operations management in manufacturing and services. The journal publishes scientific research into the problems, interest, and concerns of managers who manage product and process design, operations, and supply chains.

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