A systematic literature review of the transition to the circular economy in business organizations : Obstacles, catalysts and ambivalences
Sarja, Milla; Onkila, Tiina; Mäkelä, Marileena (2021). A systematic literature review of the transition to the circular economy in business organizations : Obstacles, catalysts and ambivalences. Journal of Cleaner Production, 286, 125492. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.125492
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There is a need for a transition from unsustainable linear business models to a more sustainable circular approach, called the circular economy. To promote this need, a deeper understanding of which issues hinder organizations’ transition to the circular economy and which ones catalyse it is needed. A systematic literature review was performed on the business implementation of the circular economy and 69 articles covering the topic were found. The review identifies different types of catalyst, obstacles and ambivalent factors influencing circular economy implementation in business. This study contributes to research on circular economy implementation at business organizations by providing understanding on the role of these factors in supporting or hindering the change. This study also opens discussion on ambivalent factors that in certain contexts can act as a catalyst to and in others as a hindrance to circular economy. This understanding further enables identification of the origins of these different types of factors, especially concerning their intraorganizational or interorganizational role. The study further identifies gaps to be studied in future research. ...
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