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In search of a circular supply chain archetype – a content-analysis based literature review

Batista, L., Bourlakis, M., Smart, P. and Maull, R. (2018) In search of a circular supply chain archetype – a content-analysis based literature review. Production Planning & Control. 29(6), pp. 438-451. 0953-7287.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper addresses questions of how extant research discourses concerning the sustainability of supply chains contribute to understanding about circularity in supply chain configurations that support restorative and regenerative processes, as espoused by the Circular Economy ideal. In response to these questions, we develop a content-based literature analysis to progress theoretical body of knowledge and conceptualise the notion of a circular supply chain. We derive an archetypal form from four antecedent sustainable supply chain narratives - ‘reverse logistics’, ‘green supply chains’, ‘sustainable supply chain management’ and ‘closed-loop supply chains’. This paper offers five propositions about what the circular supply chain archetype represents in terms of its scope, focus and impact. Novel insights lead to a definition of circular supply chain and a more coherent foundation for future inquiry and practice.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular Economy, Circular supply chain, restorative processes, sustainability perspectives of supply chains
Creators: Batista, Luciano, Bourlakis, Michael, Smart, Palie and Maull, Roger
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Business & Law > International Strategy & Business
Date: 21 May 2018
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 438-451
Journal or Publication Title: Production Planning & Control
Volume: 29
Number: 6
Number of Pages: 14
Language: English
ISSN: 0953-7287
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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