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Circular Economy and Internet of Things: Mapping Science of Case Studies in Manufacturing Industry

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Department of Economics Management Industrial Engineering and Tourism, GOVCOPP, University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Department of Assessments and Production Engineering (Divisão de Avaliações e Processos Industriais), National Institute of Technology (Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia), Rio de Janeiro 20081-312, Brazil
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Industrial Engineering and Management, EIGeS, Lusofona University, Campo Grande, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Davide Settembre Blundo
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3299; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063299
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 14 March 2021 / Accepted: 15 March 2021 / Published: 17 March 2021
This study investigates the “Internet of things” (IoT) and “Circular Economy” (CE) relationship in the current scientific literature focused on case studies or use cases on manufacturing context. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to map the science centered on “case studies” with respect to the “IoT” and “CE” connection, contributing to fill the gap of the subject that is already relevant to the scientific community and practitioners. The research methodology consists of developing a bibliometric study, employing PRISMA process, whose data is obtained from the Web of Science database. The VOSviewer was the computer program selected for the bibliometric analysis. The Web of Science (WoS) analysis tool supports VOSviewer. The papers were analyzed according to network analysis principles. The qualitative content analysis complements these results. The results show the high-frequency keywords and topics associated with the theme “IoT and CE”; the most cited papers; the intellectual structure of “IoT and CE”; the new emerging themes in scientific research; and social networks among the researchers. The paper’s contribution is the results of the bibliometric analysis and a better understanding of the relationship of “IoT” and “CE” by the “case studies” addressed in the empirical investigations. View Full-Text
Keywords: circular economy; Internet of Things; real cases; bibliometric study; PRISMA process; VOSviewer; qualitative content analysis circular economy; Internet of Things; real cases; bibliometric study; PRISMA process; VOSviewer; qualitative content analysis
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Cavalieri, A.; Reis, J.; Amorim, M. Circular Economy and Internet of Things: Mapping Science of Case Studies in Manufacturing Industry. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3299. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063299

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Cavalieri A, Reis J, Amorim M. Circular Economy and Internet of Things: Mapping Science of Case Studies in Manufacturing Industry. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3299. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063299

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Cavalieri, Adriane, João Reis, and Marlene Amorim. 2021. "Circular Economy and Internet of Things: Mapping Science of Case Studies in Manufacturing Industry" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3299. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063299

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