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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1068; doi:10.3390/su9061068

Governing a Sustainable Business Ecosystem in Taiwan’s Circular Economy: The Story of Spring Pool Glass

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Institute of Technology Management, National Tsing Hua University, 101, Sec. 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu City 30013, Taiwan
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Department of Business Administration, Asia University, 500, Liufeng Road, Wufeng Dist., Taichung City 41354, Taiwan
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School of Management, Shanghai University, 99, Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444, China
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Institute of Economics, School of Social Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Received: 8 May 2017 / Revised: 12 June 2017 / Accepted: 16 June 2017 / Published: 20 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

The business ecosystem has provided a new paradigm for management research. Most research in the field has focused on profit-driven industries, neglecting the area of the circular economy. This research sets out to capture the mechanisms that the leading firm in the circular economy uses to govern its business ecosystem. The research strategy adopted is a longitudinal case study of the largest glass recycling company in Taiwan, Spring Pool Glass. Our findings illustrate that continuous value capture is the key to governing a sustainable business ecosystem in the glass recycling industry. The mechanisms include continuous value capture to enter new markets, using stakeholder networks to enlarge the business ecosystem, brand image and corporate social responsibility, company capabilities and research and development in the recycling process, and reacting to government policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: business ecosystem; circular economy; Taiwan; glass recycling business ecosystem; circular economy; Taiwan; glass recycling
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Hsieh, Y.-C.; Lin, K.-Y.; Lu, C.; Rong, K. Governing a Sustainable Business Ecosystem in Taiwan’s Circular Economy: The Story of Spring Pool Glass. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1068.

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