From circular business models to circular business ecosystems


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Authors
Kanda, Wisdom 
Geissdoerfer, Martin 
Hjelm, Olof 
Abstract

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pThe circular economy aims to minimize resource inputs and waste and emission outputs of the economy and its organizational subsystems. This can benefit both financial and sustainability performance of companies. To analyze industrial implementation of the concept, the prevalent unit of analysis on the firm level is currently the circular business model. Our investigation of nine Swedish biogas companies and one branch organization indicates a range of conceptual shortcomings that challenges this approach. Our comparative case analysis points towards circular ecosystems being a more appropriate concept to describe the high level of coordination between different stakeholders necessary to implement circular systems. This increases the suitability to analyze, plan, and communicate circular economy systems on an organizational level, especially if value chain integration is low. An ecosystem perspective can thus support innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of the circular economy.</jats:p>

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Keywords
35 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services, 3507 Strategy, Management and Organisational Behaviour, 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Journal Title
Business Strategy and the Environment
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0964-4733
1099-0836
Volume Title
30
Publisher
Wiley
Sponsorship
Swedish Energy Agency (35624‐3)