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Business Models in the Circular Economy and the Enabling Role of Circular Supply Chains

  • Luciano BatistaEmail author
  • Michael Bourlakis
  • Palie Smart
  • Roger Maull
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Abstract

Despite the growing recognition of the benefits promoted by new business initiatives in the circular economy, little is currently understood about the eco-innovative features of the new business models in this context and the enabling role of “circular” supply chains supporting such models. This chapter offers theoretical propositions that describe fundamental features of a circular supply chain archetype in terms of scope, focus and impact. Novel insights lead to a formal definition of circular supply chain and a more coherent foundation for future inquiry and practice. A discussion of key “circularity” aspects of business models provides a practical illustration of both the theoretical concepts addressed in the chapter and real-life business examples of circular economy praxis.

Keywords

Circular economy Circular supply chains Restorative capabilities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciano Batista
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Bourlakis
    • 2
  • Palie Smart
    • 3
  • Roger Maull
    • 4
  1. 1.Operations Management, Faculty of Business and LawUniversity of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK
  2. 2.Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of ManagementCranfield UniversityBedfordUK
  3. 3.Operations and Innovation Management, School of Economics, Finance and ManagementUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  4. 4.Management SystemsUniversity of Surrey Business School, University of SurreyGuildfordUK

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