Main dimensions in the building of the circular supply chain: A literature review
settingsOrder Article Reprints Open AccessReview Main Dimensions in the Building of the Circular Supply Chain: A Literature Review by Rocío González-Sánchez 1,*ORCID,Davide Settembre-Blundo 1,2ORCID,Anna Maria Ferrari 3 andFernando E. García-Muiña 1ORCID 1 Department of Business Administration (ADO), Applied Economics II and Fundaments of Economic Analysis, Rey-Juan-Carlos University, 28032 Madrid, Spain 2 Gruppo Ceramiche Gresmalt, Via Mosca 4, 41049 Sassuolo, Italy 3 Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 42122 Reggio Emilia, Italy * Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2459; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062459 Submission received: 29 February 2020 / Revised: 14 March 2020 / Accepted: 15 March 2020 / Published: 20 March 2020 (This article belongs to the Special Issue A Sustainable Revolution: Let's Go Sustainable to Get our Globe Cleaner) Downloadkeyboard_arrow_down Browse Figures Versions Notes Abstract Circular economy is an alternative to the traditional production model and has therefore attracted a great deal of attention from researchers. The change in the production system is accompanied by new logistical needs related both to resources and waste and to the distribution and recovery of products. The circular supply chain involves return processes and the manufacturer intends to capture additional value in the supply chain. In this paper, value chains have been mapped to visualize the links and interactions between the different stages and actors to understand the complexities of these systems and to make informed decisions. For this reason, and based on thorough literature review, the final objective of this work is to achieve a conceptual framework to study circular supply chain, which uses the main theoretical perspectives in strategic management literature. Four dimensions have been identified to support the development of these new supply chains—greater intensity in the relationships established in the supply chain, adaptation of logistics and organizational, disruptive and smart technologies, and a functioning environment. It can be concluded that to develop a new relationship capacity will allow for reaching more frequent, closer relationships with more actors. These relationships will be developed within an adapted organizational and logistical framework that is framed in new business model archetypes. However, dimensions related to the business environment such as sectoral, legislative, and fiscal frameworks must be incorporated.
This research was funded by the European Union under the LIFE Program, grant number: LIFE16 ENV/IT/000307 (LIFE Force of the Future).
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