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A decoupling perspective on circular business model implementation: illustrations from Swedish apparel
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. (Research Institute for Sustainability Ethics in Business - RiseB)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0186-0358
Lunds Universitet.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 171, p. 630-643Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on the concept of decoupling, from institutional theory in organizational studies, this paperexplains how organizations mitigate demands for circularity. Seven Swedish apparel companies thathave started collecting used clothes as a form of engagement with circular business models serve as casestudies. The paper shows how outsourcing and internal separation allow these companies to buffer theirbusiness model and core way of creating value from emerging demands. It also shows how companiespro-actively work at influencing institutional demands for circularity by making these demandscompatible with their own interests. The concept of decoupling thereby provides key insights into thedevelopment and implementation, or absence thereof, of circular business models.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 171, p. 630-643
Keywords [en]
circular business models, circular economy, decoupling, sustainable business models, institutional theory, product-service-systems
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Business Administration
Research subject
sustainable development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141598DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.249ISI: 000418978100057OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141598DiVA, id: diva2:1155691
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 259-2013-120
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Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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