Circular business models: A review

Martin Geissdoerfer*, Marina P.P. Pieroni, Daniela C. A. Pigosso, Khaled Soufani

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Abstract

The Circular Economy is gaining traction in academia, industry, and policy making as an alternative model that minimises resource depletion, waste, and emissions. To implement the concept on the organisational level, business models are an important leverage. A body of literature has emerged investigating the notion of circular business model and circular business model innovation, however, there is considerable lack of clarity about their theoretical conceptualisation. To address this and systematise the state-of-the-art of the nascent field of circular business models and circular business model innovation, we have reviewed this literature, employing systematic database searches and cross-reference snowballing. Our contributions to conceptual clarity are: (1) an overview of the history of the concepts of circular business model and circular business model innovation, (2) an overview and synthesis of definitions of circular business model and circular business model innovation, and (3) an overview and synthesis of conceptual frameworks for circular business model and circular business model innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number123741
JournalJournal of cleaner production
Volume277
Number of pages17
ISSN0959-6526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Circular business model
  • Business model innovation
  • Sustainable business model
  • Circular economy
  • Review

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