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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S43615-021-00015-2

From Sustainable Global Value Chains to Circular Economy: Different Silos, Different Perspectives but Many Opportunities to Build Bridges

02 Mar 2021-Vol. 1, Iss: 1, pp 1-27
Abstract: A growing interest in the circular economy concept has pushed the discourse in various management-related disciplines beyond established boundaries, with calls to better address how such a model may be developed in a world of global value chains. Still, the conventional linear economy model continues to dominate business, society, and research. While the concept of better connecting physical output and input flows at multiple production or consumption levels is becoming more accepted, it remains unclear how to make this happen while ensuring that sustainability targets are met or exceeded. Multiple scientific communities contribute different perspectives to this discourse, with promising opportunities for research. Circular economy and sustainability from business and economics perspectives are multifaceted. The existing body of knowledge needs to be advanced to assist private individuals, business managers, investors, or policymakers in making informed decisions. In this article for the inaugural issue, we provide a snapshot of the discourses among those who have studied the circular economy and its related topics. We outline conceptual inroads and potential research questions to encourage further circular economy and sustainability research and discourse from business or economics perspectives as well as from the broader transdisciplinary angle. We propose three research pathways: (1) connecting output with input needs in a global circular economy; (2) beyond today’s business logic for a global circular economy; and (3) inclusion of the Global South in North-dominated circular economies. For each, we propose concepts, theories, or methodological approaches and offer various perspectives from the micro, macro, and meso levels.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ECOLECON.2021.107050
Abstract: Using bibliometric techniques, we evaluate the contribution of current academic research to the advancement of sustainable development agenda as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets . We focus on four knowledge domains highly relevant to the ethos of sustainable development, each with a distinct approach, to finding a balance between ecological and economic systems when it comes to development: “Circular Economy” (CE), “Degrowth” (DG), Green Growth” (GG), and research specifically addressing sustainable development goals that we refer to as “SDG Research” (SDGR). We evaluate two dimensions: scope – the extent to which the full range of UN Sustainable Develpment (SD) Agenda 2030 topics expressed in targets and indicators for each SDG are explored; and intensity- the quantity of research focusing on each SDG. Our analysis demonstrates that the four knowledge domains examined: CE, DG, GG and the emerging domain labelled SDGR, have made important contributions to research related with the 17 UN SDGs. However, these contributions are heterogeneous with important differences according to the SDGs. We find that academic research does not fully align with the policy agenda, identifying several gaps. The disparate coverage of SDGs priorities by academics may compromise the progress and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

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Topics: Sustainable development (59%), Sustainability (56%), Degrowth (54%) ... read more

18 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13137266
29 Jun 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to conduct an umbrella review of systematic literature reviews of sustainable business model innovation. Despite its relative novelty, sustainable business model innovation is a multifaceted phenomenon. Our aim is to capture the different manifestations of sustainable business model innovation and organise their antecedents and outcomes into an integrative framework. The Web of Science database was used to identify existing systematic literature reviews. The final sample for analysis comprised 57 review articles published up to March 2021. The qualitative data analysis software NVivo was used to facilitate the analysis.

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Topics: Business model (58%), Social business (54%), Sustainability (53%) ... read more

6 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13168906
09 Aug 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: Sustainability issues are on the rise and companies are pressured to respond. [...]

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1 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.CLSCN.2021.100011
01 Dec 2021-
Abstract: Sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) has been developed for decades as a solution for multi-level social and environmental improvement. Circular economy (CE) also has many perspectives and generally has been introduced for investigating sustainability at multiple levels. Organizations are informed and encouraged by management theories to build their supply chain strategies at the SSCM-CE nexus, including stakeholder theory, institutional theory, nature resource-based view, amongst others. As the scholarly and practical interests in SSCM and CE increase, there is a need to expand the current conceptual understanding and theoretical boundaries. Theory development for broader issues at the SSCM-CE nexus is limited, leaving managers, policy makers, civil society activists, and other stakeholders with insufficient grounding for important decisions and direction. In this paper, we explore some promising emerging theories which may provide additional conceptual lenses for SSCM and CE, inlcuding organizational learning, social innovation, and social learning. We develop a dynamic sustainable supply chain-circular economy management framework as a conceptual map over which theoretical boundaries from the existing and emergent theories are overlaid. Future research directions are also provided and discussed to conclude this paper.

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Topics: Supply chain (55%), Nexus (standard) (55%), Stakeholder theory (54%) ... read more

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1007/S43615-021-00102-4
18 Aug 2021-
Abstract: This white paper proposes research on the design and evaluation of an integrated system assembled to the vehicle with no energy penalty where a sequence of processes, cooling, heating, mass transfer, and compression, will take place while driving. The increasing demand for fresh produce has led to an expansion of the US urban agriculture industry (greenhouses) which uses carbon dioxide (CO2) enrichment from burning fossil fuels to increase plant productivity and to shorten the plant growth time. The demand for CO2 and water in greenhouses is massive (2.81 kg CO2eq/kg produce, 22 L water/kg produce), and alternate CO2 and water delivery sources are essential to make post-harvest food processing technologies such as dense-phase CO2 pasteurization of beverages more sustainable. Internal combustion engines (ICE) have an average efficiency of about 30%, with 30% of the thermal energy wasted in the exhaust gases. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of CO2 and 21,000 l of water per year into the environment. Although multiple carbon capture technologies exist, the size of these plants is large, their unit operations are fixed, and the use of novel materials is limited. In this white paper, we propose to retrofit the wasted energy in a car’s exhaust to capture, concentrate, store, and deliver liquid CO2 and water for agricultural and food systems. Preliminary thermodynamic and exergy analysis indicates that this is feasible. Specially designed heat and mass transfer units with novel materials and 3D printing technology could be easily deployed and used while driving to mitigate the global warming problem while addressing the needs of agricultural systems.

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Topics: Thermal energy (51%), Fossil fuel (51%)


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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/461472A
Johan Rockström1, Johan Rockström2, Will Steffen1, Will Steffen3  +37 moreInstitutions (21)
23 Sep 2009-Nature
Abstract: Identifying and quantifying planetary boundaries that must not be transgressed could help prevent human activities from causing unacceptable environmental change, argue Johan Rockstrom and colleagues.

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Topics: Planetary boundaries (53%)

7,735 Citations

Open accessBook
01 Jan 1999-
Abstract: * Introduction: Who Are We? How The Embodied Mind Challenges The Western Philosophical Tradition * The Cognitive Unconscious * The Embodied Mind * Primary Metaphor and Subjective Experience * The Anatomy of Complex Metaphor * Embodied Realism: Cognitive Science Versus A Priori Philosophy * Realism and Truth * Metaphor and Truth The Cognitive Science Of Basic Philosophical Ideas * The Cognitive Science of Philosophical Ideas * Time * Events and Causes * The Mind * The Self * Morality The Cognitive Science Of Philosophy * The Cognitive Science of Philosophy * The Pre-Socratics: The Cognitive Science of Early Greek Metaphysics * Plato * Aristotle * Descartes and the Enlightenment Mind * Kantian Morality * Analytic Philosophy * Chomskys Philosophy and Cognitive Linguistics * The Theory of Rational Action * How Philosophical Theories Work Embodied Philosophy * Philosophy in the Flesh

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Topics: Western philosophy (71%), Philosophy of psychology (67%), Mental representation (66%) ... read more

6,537 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.1259855
Will Steffen1, Will Steffen2, Katherine Richardson3, Johan Rockström2  +21 moreInstitutions (17)
13 Feb 2015-Science
Abstract: The planetary boundaries framework defines a safe operating space for humanity based on the intrinsic biophysical processes that regulate the stability of the Earth system. Here, we revise and update the planetary boundary framework, with a focus on the underpinning biophysical science, based on targeted input from expert research communities and on more general scientific advances over the past 5 years. Several of the boundaries now have a two-tier approach, reflecting the importance of cross-scale interactions and the regional-level heterogeneity of the processes that underpin the boundaries. Two core boundaries—climate change and biosphere integrity—have been identified, each of which has the potential on its own to drive the Earth system into a new state should they be substantially and persistently transgressed.

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5,367 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1080/09692290500049805
Abstract: This article builds a theoretical framework to help explain governance patterns in global value chains It draws on three streams of literature ‐ transaction costs economics, production networks, and technological capability and firm-level learning ‐ to identify three variables that play a large role in determining how global value chains are governed and change These are: (1) the complexity of transactions, (2) the ability to codify transactions, and (3) the capabilities in the supply-base The theory generates five types of global value chain governance ‐ hierarchy, captive, relational, modular, and market ‐ which range from high to low levels of explicit coordination and power asymmetry The article highlights the dynamic and overlapping nature of global value chain governance through four brief industry case studies: bicycles, apparel, horticulture and electronics

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Topics: Global value chain (64%), Business value (58%), Corporate governance (51%) ... read more

5,213 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.5465/AMR.1994.9410122009
Abstract: This article examines the developmental process of cooperative interorganizational relationships (IORs) that entail transaction-specific investments in deals that cannot be fully specified or controlled by the parties in advance of their execution. A process framework is introduced that focuses on formal, legal, and informal social-psychological processes by which organizational parties jointly negotiate, commit to. and execute their relationship in ways that achieve efficient and equitable outcomes and internal solutions to conflicts when they arise. The framework is elaborated with a set of propositions that explain how and why cooperative IORs emerge, evolve, and dissolve. The propositions have academic implications for enriching interorganizational relationships, transaction cost economics, agency theories, and practical implications for managing the relationship journey.

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4,785 Citations