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Supply chain management and the circular economy: Towards the circular supply chain.

De Angelis, Roberta, Howard, Mickey and Miemczyk, Joe 2018. Supply chain management and the circular economy: Towards the circular supply chain. Production Planning and Control 29 (6) , pp. 425-437. 10.1080/09537287.2018.1449244

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Circular modes of production, known as the circular economy, are welcomed in political and business circles to overcome the shortcomings of traditional linear operating models. This article presents preliminary propositions concerning implications for the development of what we term ‘circular supply chains’, defined here as the embodiment of circular economy principles within supply chain management. Our propositions are based on the following arguments: a shift from product ownership to leasing and access in supply chain relationships; the relevance of structural flexibility and start-ups in regional or local loops; open and closed material loops in technical and biological cycles; closer collaboration within and beyond immediate industry boundaries and public and private procurement in the service industry as a lever for the scaling up of circular business models. We discuss what these circular economy principles mean in terms of supply chain challenges and conclude with limitations and future research agenda.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7287
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 January 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 May 2017
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 15:17

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