Circular economy: benefits, impacts and overlapping

Simone Sehnem, Diego Alfonso Vazquez-Brust, Susana Carla Farias Pereira, Lucila M. S. Campos

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Purpose –This paper investigates overlaps, complementarities, and divergences between literature on circular economy models and related literatures on non-linear production models and frameworks, including the circular economy, reverse logistics, closed loop, industrial symbiosis, and industrial ecology.

Design/methodology/approach – A systematic literature review was conducted that focuses on the benefits of adopting non-linear modes.

Findings – Our results show a high degree of convergence in findings, gaps, and weaknesses of these literatures. Negative environmental, economic, and operational impacts are understudied.

Originality/value –There is a scarcity of studies identifying practices resulting in empirically tested benefits. The business and society case for non-linear production is still largely built upon conceptual studies, modelling, and a few case studies. Despite a normative focus, there is very little use of theory, and management theories are particularly in short supply.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)784-804
Number of pages21
JournalSupply Chain Management: An International Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019


  • circular economy
  • systematic literature review
  • circularity
  • overlaps
  • agile systemsqclosed loop supply chains


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