Circular Business Models are proclaimed by political institutions, multinational companies, management consulting firms and parts of the scientific community as a promising and attractive business concept to actively meet the challenges of the Anthropocene, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and scarcity of natural resources. It is argued that Circular Business Models contribute to the holistic and radical restructuring of entrepreneurial value creation logics, which have the potential to establish a mutually influential system of sustainable production and nature-conserving consumption. Can Circular Business Models indeed be described as “holistic” and “radical”, especially against the background of the profound structural and paradigmatic social changes that appear indispensable if economic activities are to be organized in such a way that they do not cross planetary boundaries?
The article by Florian Hofmann is a methodologically guided reflection of the scientific literature on Circular Business Models.
The article can be viewed and downloaded here free of charge until 17 May.
Hofmann, Florian (2019): Circular business models: Business approach as driver or obstructer of sustainability transitions? Journal of Cleaner Production 224 (2019), 361 – 374.