The emergent role of digital technologies in the Circular Economy: A review

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Digital technologies have enabled the formulation of multiple Product Service-Systems (PSS) with considerable economic, environmental and societal benefits. One of the most promising paradigms, which is inspired by business models and value propositions that have already been described in the PSS literature, is the concept of Circular Economy. Circular Economy is characterized as an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design and is attracting significant attention from researchers and policy makers alike. In light of the recent proliferation of digital technologies such as Big Data and the Internet of Things, this article attempts to identify how can digital technologies support the transition to Circular Economy. This article conducted a systematic review of the literature based on a review protocol, in an effort to evaluate the application of key digital technologies in Circular Economy. The study concludes by identifying research gaps, reflecting on the application of digital technologies in the field of PSS and proposing suggestions for future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Pages (from-to)19 – 24
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event9th CIRP IPSS Conference: Circular Perspectives on PPS (Product/Service-Systems) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jun 201721 Jun 2017


Conference9th CIRP IPSS Conference: Circular Perspectives on PPS (Product/Service-Systems)

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Copyright 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license


  • Circular Economy
  • Digital technologies
  • Digitization
  • Product/Service-Systems


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