Shaping the Transition from Linear to Circular Supply Chains

Jennifer Rogan, Frank Fürstenberg, Andreas Wieland

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Manufacturing companies today are part of a dynamic, globalized system of production and consumption. Globally dividing labor is now the predominant way of organizing business, but it is clear that the resource demands of linear supply chains have created vulnerability and harm in the system and beyond. The authors draw inspiration from ecology to explore the role of manufacturers in the transition from linear to circular supply chains. Borrowing the adaptive cycle model, originally developed to describe dynamic ecological systems, they employ case examples to illustrate the ways that supply chain management is being reimagined in the shift to a circular economy. This conceptualization uses the adaptive cycle to consider the transition from linear to circular supply chains as part of broader systems change, and the opportunities for manufacturers to play a transformative role in shaping a sustainable future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCircular Economy Supply Chains : From Chains to Systems
EditorsLydia Bals, Wendy L. Tate, Lisa M. Ellram
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)9781839825453
ISBN (Electronic)9781839825446, 9781839825460
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Circular supply chain
  • Circular business model
  • Adaptive cycle
  • Panarchy
  • System change
  • Revolt
  • Remember

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