A theoretical foundation for developing a prescriptive method for the co-design of circular economy value chains

Fenna Blomsma*, Daniela C. Pigosso, Tim C. McAloone

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Abstract

In order to operate in line with the circular economy (CE) concept, companies and other stakeholders need to work together to enable the circulation and cascading of resources. Although the need for proactive stakeholder management is a common theme in recent work on CE, little work has been
dedicated to creating prescriptive methods for the co-design of CE value chains (CEVCs) focusing on selecting strategic partners, when to engage them and in what capacity. Following calls to connect the emerging CE literature with literature from existing bodies of knowledge, this paper explores the theoretical foundations of a CEVCs co-design method. Specifically, this paper explores resource-base view (RBV); resource dependency theory (RDT); and actor-network theory (ANT), and synthesises an outline for the co-design process of CEVCs. Reflections on the process link it to the extant co-design literature and explain how the process can be used for method and tool development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
Number of pages10
Volume1
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date2019
Pages3141-3150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
Number1
Volume1
ISSN2220-4342

Keywords

  • Collaborative design
  • Collaboration
  • Circular economy
  • Organizational processes

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