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Digitally enabled circular supply chain: a review of definitions, theories, actors and stakeholders

Agyemang, Martin, Gosling, Jonathan ORCID:, Wang, Yingli ORCID: and Li, Qian ORCID: 2022. Digitally enabled circular supply chain: a review of definitions, theories, actors and stakeholders. Presented at: Supply Chain Innovation: People, Process, Technology, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 7-9 September 2022. Logistics Research Network Conference 2022 (Circular Economy). The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport,

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Purpose: Circular economy (CE) is increasingly promoted as a solution to increase resource efficiency and reduce waste in production and consumption systems. Digital technology can play an important role in transforming CE practices and business models by enhancing traceability, transparency, integration, among others. Despite the opportunities in digitally enabled circular supply chain (CSC), implementation is impeded by significant tensions and challenges. In the extant literature, these barriers across CSC have been identified in various contexts. Yet, there are limited efforts focusing on systematically understanding identified digitally enabled CSC barriers. For instance, in considering a common integrated definition and the perspectives of various supply chain actors and stakeholders. Thus, how has published research characterised and studied digitally enabled CSC barriers? Research Approach: This study adopts a systematic literature review. A keyword search was established to identify and filter relevant papers, and the content was analysed to theme key contributions to digitally enabled CSC barriers. Findings and Originality: The study content reviewed 49 documents. The findings emphases how digitally enabled CSC barriers have been conceived, the common methods used, the applied theories, and the actors and stakeholders involved. Also, the study shows how extant research studies are mostly descriptive empirical research and guided by a mixture of generic and industry-focused concepts, rather than established theories. Research Impact: The study highlights important gaps and provides future research directions in digitally enabled CSC. It contributes towards building a more robust theoretical understanding of CE concept, grounded in the extant literature on digitally enabled CSC barriers. Practical Impact: The findings and discussion of the study provide a more structured overview of the state of art digital developments in supporting circular supply chain.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
ISBN: 978-1-904564-69-0
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Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 04:14

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