Business models in the circular economy and the enabling role of supply chains

Luciano Batista*, Michael Bourlakis, Palie Smart, Roger Maull

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOperations Management and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationNew Research Perspectives
EditorsLuitzen de Boer, Poul Andersen
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-93212-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-93211-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019


  • Circular economy
  • Circular supply chains
  • Restorative capabilities


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