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Our aim is to understand the circular economy (CE) transformation challenge and the synergies with operations & supply chain management (OSCM). CE represents a major industry transformation from linear production to circular value creation where products, components and resources are maintained at the highest value for the longest period. Yet despite OSCM’s long association with reverse logistics, the practical means of CE implementation is lacking where business transformation means systemic innovation not incremental change. Our method is to adopt a longitudinal approach where rich data from over 1000 senior practitioners on interactive events identifies 3 stages comprising of identification, initiation, and implementation, and reveals why some companies move between the stages and others become stuck. We illustrate these stages and the successful pathways used in 5 industry cases: Philips, Schweizer Bundesbahn, Renault, Ricoh, and Steelcase.

Our aim is to understand the circular economy (CE) transformation challenge and the synergies with operations & supply chain management (OSCM). CE represents a major industry transformation from linear production to circular value creation where products, components and resources are maintained at the highest value for the longest period. Yet despite OSCM’s long association with reverse logistics, the practical means of CE implementation is lacking where business transformation means systemic innovation not incremental change. Our method is to adopt a longitudinal approach where rich data from over 1000 senior practitioners on interactive events identifies 3 stages comprising of identification, initiation, and implementation, and reveals why some companies move between the stages and others become stuck. We illustrate these stages and the successful pathways used in 5 industry cases: Philips, Schweizer Bundesbahn, Renault, Ricoh, and Steelcase.

File Type: 2280907
Categories: Circular Economy, Innovation, Management, Supply Chain
Tags: Circle Economy, Exeter University