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Concept Paper

Managing Circular Business Model Uncertainties with Future Adaptive Design

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Sustainable Business Unit, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Lindholmspiren 3A, 417 56 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Marcel den Hollander Circular Design Consulting and Research, 2264 KP Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Ana de Jesus, Minna Lammi, Teresa Domenech, Fedra Vanhuyse and Sandro Mendonça
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10361; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810361
Received: 3 June 2021 / Revised: 31 August 2021 / Accepted: 10 September 2021 / Published: 16 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy and Eco-Innovation: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead)
Designing products that can adapt to changes over time is crucial for managing product-related business risks in circular business models. However, there is limited circular economy research on how product adaptivity can contribute to more circular products and business models, especially in the early phases of business development and design. To address this research gap, this conceptual paper builds on the adaptable design concept and incorporates ideas from research on circular business models and circular design literature. It proposes a framework we collectively term “Future Adaptive Design” to help manage product-related business risks in circular business models and investigates related design strategies for product-based companies aiming to adopt circular business models. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; product life extension; circular business model innovation; circular product design; product obsolescence; business strategy; adaptability framework circular economy; product life extension; circular business model innovation; circular product design; product obsolescence; business strategy; adaptability framework
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Nyström, T.; Whalen, K.A.; Diener, D.; den Hollander, M.; Boyer, R.H.W. Managing Circular Business Model Uncertainties with Future Adaptive Design. Sustainability 2021, 13, 10361. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810361

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Nyström T, Whalen KA, Diener D, den Hollander M, Boyer RHW. Managing Circular Business Model Uncertainties with Future Adaptive Design. Sustainability. 2021; 13(18):10361. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810361

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Nyström, Thomas, Katherine A. Whalen, Derek Diener, Marcel den Hollander, and Robert H.W. Boyer. 2021. "Managing Circular Business Model Uncertainties with Future Adaptive Design" Sustainability 13, no. 18: 10361. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810361

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