A Process Perspective on Industrial Symbiosis

15 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014

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Frank Boons

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Wouter Spekkink

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Wenting Jiao

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Date Written: June 2014

Abstract

It has been long recognized in the conceptual literature that industrial symbiosis requires a perspective that focuses on long‐term evolution. This has not yet been matched by adopting an adequate process‐oriented research methodology. This article provides the underpinnings for such a methodology, presents a developed methodology, event sequence analysis, and shows its added value through a set of research questions and an empirical example. It shows how the process perspective leads to asking new research questions as well as the uncovering of new insights about the emergence, evolution, and dissolution of symbiotic relationships and the institutional capacity required to build such relationships.

Keywords: eco‐industrial park (EIP), event sequence analysis (ESA), industrial ecology (IE), industrial symbiosis (IS), methods, process‐oriented research methodology

Suggested Citation

Boons, Frank and Spekkink, Wouter and Jiao, Wenting, A Process Perspective on Industrial Symbiosis (June 2014). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 341-355, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2450333 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12116

Frank Boons (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Wouter Spekkink

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Wenting Jiao

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

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