Special Issue "Circular Economy in Small and Medium Enterprises"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: Circular economy; Continuous improvement; Sustainability
Interests: Design for sustainability, sustainable values, methods and tools, sociotechnical systems, holistic approach, Permacircular economy
Interests: Circular Economy, Sustainability, Environmental Management
The circular economy is a paradigm that aims to generate economic prosperity, protect the environment, and prevent pollution in order to facilitate sustainable development through creating and maintaining value in the economy, encouraging regenerative innovations, and closing the energy and material loops.
Considering that linear business models predominate in firms, the transition to a circular system will require guidance and examples of successful cases for the benefits and advantages of the CE to become accepted and for the methods of application for sustainable production and consumption to become well known. This support is especially important in the case of SMEs, which have become highly important because they make up 95% of companies in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries (OECD, 2017). However, such organizations have to deal with technological, financial, and human resource barriers against circular economy implementation (Ormazabal et al., 2016; Rizos et al., 2016).
We are seeking contributions reflecting different perspectives and methodological approaches that explore circular economy applications, methodologies, and practices in SMEs. Contributions from all sectors are welcome, from manufacturing to services industries and both public and private. Empirical contributions are encouraged as well as theoretical and conceptual papers which address circular economy in SMEs.
Dr. Carmen Jaca
Dr. Tatiana Reyes
Dr. Marta Ormazabal
OECD, 2017. Enhancing the Contributions of SMEs in a Global and Digitalised Economy, pp. 7-8.
Ormazabal, M., Prieto-Sandoval, V., Jaca, C., Santos, J., 2016. An overview of the circular economy among SMEs in the Basque Country: a multiple case study. J. Ind. Eng. Manag. 9, 1047e1058. https://doi.org/10.3926/jiem.2065.
Rizos, V., Behrens, A., van der Gaast, W., Hofman, E., Ioannou, A., Kafyeke, T., Flamos, A., Rinaldi, R., Papadelis, S., Hirschnitz-Garbers, M., Topi, C., 2016. Implementation of Circular Economy Business Models by Small and Mediumsized Enterprises (SMEs): Barriers and Enablers, 8. Sustain. https://doi.org/10.3390/su8111212.
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- circular economy
- environmental strategy