Exploring Circular Supply Chains in B-corps: The Role of Flows and Capabilities

Lydia Bals, Kelsey M. Taylor, Eugenia Rosca

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Research on sustainable supply chain design has highlighted that all three – material, information and financial flows – are needed in order to arrive at sustainable supply chain designs with sustainable outputs and outcomes (Rosca et al., 2022; Bals and Tate, 2018). Current SCM practice contains mostly additive, corrective and symbolic practices regarding sustainability, while very few firms engage in substantial sustainability-driven supply chain modifications (Busse, Meinlschmidt and Foerstl, 2017). In order to study radical changes toward sustainable supply chains, large firms with exceptional environmental orientation are particularly promising suitable. B-Corps have been used in previous literature as a sample of firms with exceptional sustainability missions and performance (e.g., Gamble, Parker, and Moroz, 2020). This research presents the results of a study on supply chain designs in exceptionally sustainability-driven firms (B-Corps) and the role of capabilities for enabling restorative and/or regenerative supply chains (Batista et al., 2018) in the context of a circular economy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum 2023 : Book of Abstracts
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherEUROMA, European Operations Management Association
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 10th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum 2023 - Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 20 Mar 202323 Mar 2023
Conference number: 10


ConferenceThe 10th EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum 2023
LocationKuehne Logistics University
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  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable supply chain management
  • Supply chain design

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