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Circular practices in business

Reference number
Coordinator Örebro universitet - Handelshögskolan
Funding from Vinnova SEK 912 000
Project duration December 2018 - February 2020
Status Completed
Venture Circular and biobased economy
Call Policy and behavioral issues for a biobased circular economy

Purpose and goal

** Denna text är maskinöversatt ** The aim of the project was to generate knowledge about circular practices and best practice. The overall aim of the project is to reduce the gap between theory and practice for companies in the step towards a circular economy. Collaboration with four business clusters, for a circular economy have begun. Based on the empirical cases studied, an anlysis of circular practitices is presented in the report (in Swedsish) ´Cirkulära praktiker - hur går vi från ord till handling?´. Articles for publicaiton in English are under production.

Expected results and effects

Companies cannot become circular on their own, whether part of a market solution or working with industrial symbiosis. It is rather the interaction between actors as well as production methods, consumption methods and waste management that need to be considered. We illustrate various forms of inter-organizational practices that enable companies to take steps from linear to circular solutions. In order to ensure that these solutions are also sustainable over time, taking into account the environment, economy and social factors, further interorganizational learning is required.

Planned approach and implementation

Within the project, we have worked with four company constellations where the actors discussed literature, practice and the challenges and opportunities that the actors identify based on their respective companies. 1) Three Paper mills, academics, consultants and government officials. 2) Nine microbreweries, academics and the Housekeeping Society. 3) Four Food Producers with plastic packaging and a plastic recycling company 4) Eleven actors in a group that includes Sweden´s large companies, industry representatives, academics and governmental authorities.

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Last updated 24 April 2020

Reference number 2018-04685

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