Theorising circular economy and sustainable operations and supply chain management: a sustainability-dominant logic


Purpose: This paper introduces initial foundations of a sustainability-dominant logic theory intersecting the sustainable operations and supply chain management (SOSCM) discipline with the circular economy (CE) field of knowledge. Design/methodology/approach: The paper applies propositional forms of theorising to derive the formulation of propositions and interconnections that interrelate SOSCM and CE principles, concepts and practices which provide a reinforcing theoretical basis underlying the proposed sustainability-dominant logic theory. Findings: Key findings are represented by elaborated theoretical propositions for a sustainability-dominant logic linking SOSCM and CE principles, concepts and well-established practical assumptions. The initial set of propositions offers useful insights for a sustainability-dominant logic at three managerial levels: product, firm and supply chain level. Originality/value: The paper offers an original theoretical common ground based on a sustainability-dominant logic linking key SOSCM with CE tenets, this way developing SOSCM theory anchored in the CE paradigm and, conversely, developing CE theory supported by SOSCM principles and praxis. The initial set of propositions introduced in the paper provides a new pathway for future research and debate by OM scholars engaged with SOSCM and CE developments.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Circular economy,Sustainability-dominant logic,Sustainability-oriented products,Sustainability-oriented value creation,Sustainable operations and supply chain management,Theory development,Decision Sciences(all),Strategy and Management,Management of Technology and Innovation,SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production,SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Publication ISSN: 1758-6593
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 08:28
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 18:02
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-03-22
Published Online Date: 2023-02-14
Accepted Date: 2023-01-25
Authors: Batista, Luciano (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0367-2975)
Seuring, Stefan
Genovese, Andrea
Sarkis, Joseph
Sohal, Amrik


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