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Business models and closed-loop supply chains: a typology

Wells, Peter Erskine and Seitz, Margarete 2005. Business models and closed-loop supply chains: a typology. Supply Chain Management: an International Journal 10 (4) , pp. 249-251. 10.1108/13598540510612712

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Purpose – To delineate typologies that capture the relationship between closed-loop supply chains and value-added business models, and thereby to suggest a research agenda for the transition to sustainable business. Design/methodology/approach – Develops four new theoretical categories or typologies of closed-loop systems and applies them to the context of the automotive industry. Conceptual, rather than empirical. Findings – That hybrid closed-loop systems can be combined with innovative non-linear value configurations to enable the transition to more sustainable production and consumption. Research limitations/implications – Identifies research agenda to explore how novel business models can integrate with various closed-loop systems. Theoretical, but grounded in research into the automotive industry. Practical implications – That closed-loop systems are best implemented outside traditional linear value added structures. Originality/value – Places closed-loop systems at the heart of the (redesigned) business model rather than as an accessory that must be adapted to the demands of existing approaches. Suggests scholars should be part of this innovative process, not merely observers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Management strategy; Manufacturing systems; Supply chain management
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1359-8546
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25

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