Macro Level Matters: Advancing Circular Economy in Different Business Systems

37 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2022

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Melissa Gutberlet

KEDGE Business School

Lutz Preuss

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Much of extant research on the circular economy has explored intra- and inter-firm dynamics, activities, and influences, whilst macro level factors – systemic features of the national economy – have been somewhat neglected. In this conceptual article, we use the lens of national business systems (NBS) theory to explore how different components and configurations of such systems support the adoption of the circular economy. We use the examples of France, Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) to illustrate our argumentation. Our analysis suggests that the development and implementation of circular economy measures necessitate an encompassing consideration of the NBS they are embedded in. By foregrounding macro level phenomena, we pave the way for a more comprehensive understanding of circular systems and offer a sound foundation for more effective policymaking.

Keywords: Circular Economy, Eco-efficiency, Macro level, National business systems, Varieties of capitalism

Suggested Citation

Gutberlet, Melissa and Preuss, Lutz, Macro Level Matters: Advancing Circular Economy in Different Business Systems. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4093602 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4093602

Melissa Gutberlet (Contact Author)

KEDGE Business School ( email )

Lutz Preuss

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