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Circular economy and paradox theory: a business model perspective

De Angelis, Roberta 2020. Circular economy and paradox theory: a business model perspective. Journal of Cleaner Production , 124823. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124823
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Business models have become the subject of increasing attention amid management practitioners and researchers since the early nineties and business model innovation has emerged as a distinctive field of academic enquiry. More recently, business model innovation for the circular economy has caught the attention of business leaders and academics alike as the circular economy promises to deliver economic prosperity within ecological limits. Yet research on circular business models is nascent and the business literature gives limited attention to the challenges deriving from circular economy implementation. Using an integrative research approach and particularly, drawing on both paradox theory, and circular economy principles and loops, this article provides a preliminary, conceptual systematisation of the typology of organisational tensions in circular economy implementation. It also discusses the relevance of these tensions from a business model perspective. As a result, this article contributes to circular economy research wherein challenges are mostly analysed at the macro level and in the absence of a specific theoretical anchoring.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-6526
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 22 October 2020
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 03:44

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