Circular economy: benefits, impacts and overlapping

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

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume24
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019

    Keywords

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

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