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Managerial practices for designing circular economy business models The case of an Italian SME in the office supply industry
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Politecn Milan, Sch Management, Milan, Italy.;KTH Royal Inst Technol, Dept Ind Econ & Management, Stockholm, Sweden..
Politecn Milan, Sch Management, Milan, Italy.;Univ Carlo Cattaneo, Castellanza, Italy..
Politecn Milan, Sch Management, Milan, Italy..
2019 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 561-589Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the managerial practices that companies can implement in order to design a circular economy business model and how companies can create and capture value from a circular economy business model. Design/methodology/approach The paper adopts a single case study methodology with semi-structured interviews and company, supplier, and manufacturing site visits, conducted in a small-to-medium-size Italian company operating in the office supply industry. Findings The theoretical setting maps a set of managerial practices for a circular economy business model and sets the research gaps and questions in a research framework designed along three main dimensions: value network, customer value proposition and interface, and managerial commitment. Then, through an empirical analysis, the findings reveal that the proposed dimensions are interdependent and reinforce each other. Moreover, the managerial commitment as moderating factor between the value network and the customer value proposition and interface dimensions is identified as essential for reaching the intended goals of circular economy business models. Originality/value An interdisciplinary approach that integrates the research streams of circular economy, social psychology, organizational behavior, and business model design has been pursued to test the theoretical setting and the research framework for circular economy business models in a real-world context.

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EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2019. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 561-589
Keywords [en]
Sustainable production, Green operations, Supply chain management, Small, and medium-sized enterprises, Circular economy, Business model, Value creation, Value capture
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249782DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-02-2018-0061ISI: 000463065900002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054011212OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-249782DiVA, id: diva2:1307650
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Available from: 2019-04-29 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-04-29Bibliographically approved

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