Special Issue "Circular Economy and Sustainable Firm Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Pedro Núñez-Cacho
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Departamento de Organización de Empresas, Marketing y Sociología, University of Jaén, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: sustainability; management; circular economy; CSR; sustainable marketing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In today's increasingly competitive landscape, companies must seek a position that allows them to survive in the medium- and long-term. Today, in order to meet the above requirements, we have the added concern of the community for the deterioration of the planet, which has materialized in many different ways. This has lead companies to seek survival by minimizing the negative externalities they generate in their production, marketing, logistics, and so on, processes, thus minimizing their environmental impact. In this matter, the literature has evolved since its inception, where concern for sustainability and social responsibility were aspects of the second-order, to today's management models, of environmental and social governance, in which sustainability is a strategic aspect included in the mission of companies.

The literature on the subject highlights the importance of sustainability practices in companies, and the need to create new management models analysing the interactions between companies, their environment, and consumers, who demand less and less damage to the environment. Thus, the linear economy model, which treats the duration of resources and production factors as unlimited, has been exhausted, giving rise to the so-called circular economy, whose principles could be a reference to help companies make the transition to a more sustainable business model.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to study the evolution of sustainability within companies, how they are implementing the circular economy, and other sustainable strategies of companies as a first-order magnitude.

This Special Issue seeks to place sustainability within business management. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transition to the circular economy;
  • New models of sustainable production;
  • Circular supply chain management;
  • Good practices and case studies of business sustainability and the circular economy;
  • Circular economy and innovation;
  • Changing the planning of the strategy as a result of sustainability;
  • Circular economy reports;
  • Circular economy assessment;
  • Circular economy and SME´s;
  • Marketing and sustainability;
  • Accounting for sustainability.

References:

Núñez-Cacho, P.; Molina-Moreno, V.; Corpas-Iglesias, F.A.; Cortés-García, F.J. Family Bus.es Transitioning to a Circular Economy Model: The Case of “Mercadona”. Sustainability 2018, 10, 538.

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Molina-Moreno, V.; Leyva-Díaz, J.C.; Llorens-Montes, F.J.; Cortés-García, F.J. Design of indicators of circular economy as instruments for the evaluation of sustainability and efficiency in wastewater from pig farming industry. Water 2017, 9, 653.

Núñez-Cacho, P.; Górecki, J.; Molina, V.; Corpas-Iglesias, F. How to measure and predict degree of circularity thinking in construction sector? Modern way to build competitive advantage. EU Res. Bus. Vol 2018, 1-16 2018. DOI: 10.5171/2018.909360

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Dr. Pedro Núñez-Cacho
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainability
  • management
  • circular economy
  • CSR
  • sustainable marketing

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Circular Economy. A Review and Bibliometric Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6381; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166381 - 07 Aug 2020
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The aim of the study is mapping the thematic structure of the circular economy research by mapping research outputs related to it. The methodology consists of developing a bibliometric study based on data obtained from the Web of Science and the Scimago Journal [...] Read more.
The aim of the study is mapping the thematic structure of the circular economy research by mapping research outputs related to it. The methodology consists of developing a bibliometric study based on data obtained from the Web of Science and the Scimago Journal & Country Rank from 2016 to 2019. Some descriptive and bibliographic maps and strategic diagrams are shown; they are generated by SciMAT and VOSViewer. In addition, there is also a bibliometric analysis using alternative metrics. The analysis highlights a new perspective on the subject, analysing the concept from the business administration perspective and not only from the traditional viewpoint of the environmental sciences and industrial production. Finally, the analysis identifies future implications of the circular economy linked to the field of business management. Full article
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Circular Economy in China: Translating Principles into Practice
Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 832; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030832 - 22 Jan 2020
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The concept of circular economy (CE) has recently gained momentum in the political, scientific, and economic debate, especially in China and Europe. As a result, organizations and scholars have started to establish different sets of principles for its adoption. For this reason, it [...] Read more.
The concept of circular economy (CE) has recently gained momentum in the political, scientific, and economic debate, especially in China and Europe. As a result, organizations and scholars have started to establish different sets of principles for its adoption. For this reason, it is important to identify and assess the differences and similarities among existing sets of CE principles, and how organizations and individuals understand and translate them into practice. In this paper, we firstly present a brief review and analysis of the coherence among six existing sets of principles. Our analysis finds that, despite the mixed degree of coherence, all sets describe the necessity to implement CE principles at all levels of a company. We then present the results of an in-depth qualitative survey that investigates how 19 key informants representing small, medium, and multinational companies based in China understand and carry out the CE principles laid out by the BSI standard BS 8001:2017; how these principles can transform the culture and processes of these companies; and what are the opportunities and threats that such transformation can bring. Results describe a good awareness and knowledge of the CE principles and an optimistic outlook concerning their adoption. At the same time, numerous barriers and threats that the implementation of these principles might entail are presented. Overall, respondents confirm the complexity of implementing the principles of the CE in an integrated and consistent way in the management and strategies of Chinese companies and highlight the challenges that might arise during their implementation. Full article
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