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CiRcular Economy: SusTainability Implications and guidING progress

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Transition to a Sustainable Circular Plastics Economy in The Netherlands: Discourse and Policy Analysis (2021)
Journal Article
Calisto Friant, M., Lakerveld, D., Vermeulen, W. J. V., & Salomone, R. (2022). Transition to a Sustainable Circular Plastics Economy in The Netherlands: Discourse and Policy Analysis. Sustainability, 14(1), Article 190. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010190

The circular economy (CE) has become a key sustainability discourse in the last decade. The Netherlands seeks to become fully circular by 2050 and the EU has set ambitious circularity targets in its CE Action Plan of 2015. The plastics sector, in par... Read More about Transition to a Sustainable Circular Plastics Economy in The Netherlands: Discourse and Policy Analysis.

How do incumbent firms innovate their business models for the circular economy? Identifying micro‐foundations of dynamic capabilities (2021)
Journal Article
Santa‐Maria, T., Vermeulen, W. J. V., & Baumgartner, R. J. (2021). How do incumbent firms innovate their business models for the circular economy? Identifying micro‐foundations of dynamic capabilities. Business strategy and the environment : BSE, https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2956

The circular economy is promoted as a contributor to sustainable development; however, the process of circular business model innovation remains under-explored to date, hindering its implementation. Dynamic capabilities research provides a theoretica... Read More about How do incumbent firms innovate their business models for the circular economy? Identifying micro‐foundations of dynamic capabilities.

Future perspectives on the role of extended producer responsibility within a circular economy: A Delphi study using the case of the Netherlands (2021)
Journal Article
Campbell‐Johnston, K., Munck, M., Vermeulen, W. J. V., & Backes, C. (2021). Future perspectives on the role of extended producer responsibility within a circular economy: A Delphi study using the case of the Netherlands. Business strategy and the environment : BSE, 30(8), 4054-4067. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2856

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a proposed policy approach to promoting the circular economy (CE) within the European Union. This research used a policy Delphi to explore perspectives on improving EPR policies to further contribute to the C... Read More about Future perspectives on the role of extended producer responsibility within a circular economy: A Delphi study using the case of the Netherlands.

Towards territorial product-service systems: A framework linking resources, networks and value creation (2021)
Journal Article
Delgadillo, E., Reyes, T., & Baumgartner, R. J. (2021). Towards territorial product-service systems: A framework linking resources, networks and value creation. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 28, 1297-1313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.08.003

While many models for sustainable product-service systems (PSS) integrate the multi-actor perspective, few provide insights on how the territory in which actors implement the system influences its sustainability. This paper explores the implementatio... Read More about Towards territorial product-service systems: A framework linking resources, networks and value creation.

Sustainable product development in a circular economy: Implications for products, actors, decision-making support and lifecycle information management (2021)
Journal Article
Diaz, A., Schöggl, J., Reyes, T., & Baumgartner, R. J. (2021). Sustainable product development in a circular economy: Implications for products, actors, decision-making support and lifecycle information management. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 26, 1031-1045. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2020.12.044

The concept of circular economy (CE) is of great interest for manufacturing companies since it provides a framework which allows them to align organisational objectives with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Corporate CE entails the adoption... Read More about Sustainable product development in a circular economy: Implications for products, actors, decision-making support and lifecycle information management.

Exploring sustainable product development processes for a circular economy through morphological analysis (2021)
Journal Article
Diaz Tena, A., Schoeggl, J., Reyes, T., & Baumgartner, R. J. (2021). Exploring sustainable product development processes for a circular economy through morphological analysis. Proceedings of the Design Society, 1, 1491-1500. https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2021.410

Over the last years, academic literature has made significant progress on the development of key concepts, identifying circular product typologies, developing assessment methods, and exploring the synergies with manufacturing trends such as digitalis... Read More about Exploring sustainable product development processes for a circular economy through morphological analysis.

Overcoming Current Challenges for Circular Economy Assessment Implementation in Public Sector Organisations (2021)
Journal Article
Droege, H., Raggi, A., & Ramos, T. B. (2021). Overcoming Current Challenges for Circular Economy Assessment Implementation in Public Sector Organisations. Sustainability, 13(3), Article 1182. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031182

Circular Economy (CE) is seen as a key strategy in achieving sustainable development and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To seize the potential of CE, public and private organisations need to evaluate and communicate their pr... Read More about Overcoming Current Challenges for Circular Economy Assessment Implementation in Public Sector Organisations.

Co‐development of a framework for circular economy assessment in organisations: Learnings from the public sector (2021)
Journal Article
Droege, H., Raggi, A., & Ramos, T. B. (2021). Co‐development of a framework for circular economy assessment in organisations: Learnings from the public sector. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 28(6), 1715-1729. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2140

To seize the potential of Circular Economy (CE) organisations need to evaluate and communicate their progress moving away from the non-sustainable paradigm of ‘take-make-dispose’ towards circularity. Existing CE assessments for organisations focus on... Read More about Co‐development of a framework for circular economy assessment in organisations: Learnings from the public sector.

A systematic literature review on circular economy performance assessment in public sector organizations (2021)
Book Chapter
Droege, H., Raggi, A., & Ramos, T. (2021). A systematic literature review on circular economy performance assessment in public sector organizations. In V. Mauerhofer (Ed.), The Role of Law in Governing Sustainability. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003158837

Circular economy (CE) is seen as one key strategy to a more sustainable paradigm and to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Due to their role-model function, public sector organizations are expected to lead the transition... Read More about A systematic literature review on circular economy performance assessment in public sector organizations.

Analysing European Union circular economy policies: words versus actions (2020)
Journal Article
Calisto Friant, M., Vermeulen, W. J., & Salomone, R. (2021). Analysing European Union circular economy policies: words versus actions. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 27, 337-353. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2020.11.001

Since the publication of the European Union's Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015, this new sustainability paradigm has become a guiding force behind the environmental and economic policies of the Junker Commission. The European Union (EU) has taken... Read More about Analysing European Union circular economy policies: words versus actions.