Circular and Transformative Business Models: An Operations Management Perspective

A special issue of Logistics (ISSN 2305-6290).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 188

Special Issue Editors

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90146 Palermo, Italy
Interests: open innovation; crowdsourcing; tech entrepreneurship; business models; circular economy

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Dipartimento di Meccanica, Matematica e Management, Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy
Interests: circular economy; industrial symbiosis; sustainable supply chain; complex adaptive system; resilience
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Loughborough Business School, Loughborough, UK
Interests: supply chain strategy; circular economy; responsible consumption; production

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The notion of a circular business model (CBM) has gained prominence on the agendas of policymakers around the world and is seen as a key point of leverage to implement circular and transformative economies. Despite the importance of the notion of CBMs, there is a considerable lack of clarity about their conceptualization. Creating a circular business model, especially for manufacturing companies, can be very expensive, and its profitability can be questionable. The literature recognizes that the risk of unprofitable returns is the main barrier against the implementation of circular business models and the transformation of traditional businesses into circular ones. Indeed, in most cases, implementing a circular or a transformative business model requires significant changes to the operational dimension of a firm, both internally and externally. Thus, understanding how operational strategies can contribute to value creation, deliver, and capture is a key dimension for the conceptualization of CBMs. This Special Issue calls for research contributions aimed toward filling such a gap in the literature by complementing knowledge from the realms of operations management and business models in a new, interdisciplinary way

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Perrone
Prof. Dr. Ilaria Giannoccaro
Prof. Dr. Janet Godsell
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  • circularity
  • transformation
  • sustainability
  • business models
  • operations management

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