Circular Business Models: Innovation Journeys towards a Circular Economy

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Abstract

The need for more sustainable development demands that sustainability is integrated into the core of companies in new ways, and the development of new sustainable business models is a possible avenue to this. Circular business models are sustainable business models that align with a circular economy, where products, components and materials are kept at their highest function and value at all times to minimise the flow of resources through the economy.

This dissertation examines how companies can develop such circular business models. The research identifies different types of circular business models and outlines ways of initiating the business model innovation process, depending on the company setting. The research pinpoints barriers to the innovation process and suggests innovation strategies and tools that can help circumvent these barriers, and it investigates the link between experimenting with circular business model innovation and integrating the circular economy paradigm more broadly in a company.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Number of pages165
ISBN (Electronic) 978-87-7210-340-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesPh.d.-serien for Det Tekniske Fakultet for IT og Design, Aalborg Universitet
ISSN2446-1628

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Bibliographical note

PhD supervisor: Prof. Arne Remmen,Aalborg University
Assistant PhD supervisor: Associate Prof. Martin Lehmann, Aalborg University

Keywords

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

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Guldmann, E. (2018). Circular Business Models: Innovation Journeys towards a Circular Economy. Aalborg Universitetsforlag. Ph.d.-serien for Det Tekniske Fakultet for IT og Design, Aalborg Universitet
Guldmann, Eva. / Circular Business Models : Innovation Journeys towards a Circular Economy. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2018. 165 p. (Ph.d.-serien for Det Tekniske Fakultet for IT og Design, Aalborg Universitet).
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