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A decoupling perspective on circular business model implementation: Illustrations from Swedish apparel

Stål, Herman and Corvellec, Hervé LU (2018) In Journal of Cleaner Production 171(Supplement C). p.630-643
Abstract
Abstract Drawing on the concept of decoupling, from institutional theory in organizational studies, this paper explains how organizations mitigate demands for circularity. Seven Swedish apparel companies that have started collecting used clothes as a form of engagement with circular business models serve as case studies. The paper shows how outsourcing and internal separation allow these companies to buffer their business model and core way of creating value from emerging demands. It also shows how companies pro-actively work at influencing institutional demands for circularity by making these demands compatible with their own interests. The concept of decoupling thereby provides key insights into the development and implementation, or... (More)
Abstract Drawing on the concept of decoupling, from institutional theory in organizational studies, this paper explains how organizations mitigate demands for circularity. Seven Swedish apparel companies that have started collecting used clothes as a form of engagement with circular business models serve as case studies. The paper shows how outsourcing and internal separation allow these companies to buffer their business model and core way of creating value from emerging demands. It also shows how companies pro-actively work at influencing institutional demands for circularity by making these demands compatible with their own interests. The concept of decoupling thereby provides key insights into the development and implementation, or absence thereof, of circular business models. (Less)
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Circular business models, Circular economy, Decoupling, Sustainable business models, Institutional theory, Product-service-systems
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Journal of Cleaner Production
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171
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Supplement C
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14 pages
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Elsevier
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0959-6526
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10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.249
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  author       = {Stål, Herman and Corvellec, Hervé},
  issn         = {0959-6526},
  keyword      = {Circular business models,Circular economy,Decoupling,Sustainable business models,Institutional theory,Product-service-systems},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {Supplement C},
  pages        = {630--643},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Cleaner Production},
  title        = {A decoupling perspective on circular business model implementation: Illustrations from Swedish apparel},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.249},
  volume       = {171},
  year         = {2018},
}