Growing environmental awareness, environmental legislation and the need for social responsibility has led organizations to look for new ways to do their business (Kumar et al., 2018). Now all kind of businesses have stated to think to adopt sustainable practices in their operations so that they can show their commitment toward environment and society (Murray et al., 2017) and make their business long time sustainable (Garza-Reyes et al., 2018). This adoption leads to switch from our current industrial “linear” model to a circular economy (CE), contributing to a more environmentally responsible and socially equal society (Mangla et al., 2018). Sustainable practices of circular economy in operations management can contribute to achieve the sustainability in the business holistically (Bressanelli et al., 2018; Batista et al., 2018). Both developing and developed nations are paying attention on this direction; however, still lots of research efforts are required even China initially passed a law on CE, which was followed by the European Union (Su et al., 2013; Kirchherr et al., 2017; Esposito et al., 2018; Ali et al., 2018; Reike et al., 2018).
The objective of this SI is to understand holistically the concept of CE and related principles/practices/techniques in various area of operations management. This Special Issue (SI) seeks to advance the understanding about sustainable practices of circular economy in operations management is the way to achieve the sustainability; to explore how CE can be implemented; and the clarification on the implications (i.e. theoretical and practical) for sustainable business development.
The main objective of this SI is to encourage the scholars, academicians, and industries experts to contribute their latest research knowledge and experience in improving sustainability in their respective working sector through CE, principles, practices and strategies.
Authors should note that all articles submitted should be original and should not have been submitted anywhere else for consideration for publication. All articles will first be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and then passed on to the special issue editors for another screening to ensure suitability within the scope of both the special issue and the IJMEMS. After the first two screenings, suitable papers will go through a blind, double-peer review process according to the standards of the IJMEMS.
Ali, M., Kennedy, C. M., Kiesecker, J., & Geng, Y. (2018). Integrating biodiversity offsets within Circular Economy policy in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 185, 32-43.
Batista, L., Gong, Y., Pereira, S., Jia, F., & Bittar, A. (2018). Circular supply chains in emerging economies–a comparative study of packaging recovery ecosystems in China and Brazil. International Journal of Production Research, 1-21.
Bressanelli, G., Perona, M., & Saccani, N. (2018). Challenges in supply chain redesign for the Circular Economy: a literature review and a multiple case study. International Journal of Production Research, 1-21.
Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Soufani, K. (2018). Introducing a Circular Economy: New Thinking with New Managerial and Policy Implications. California Management Review, 60(3), 5-19.
Garza-Reyes, J. A., Salomé Valls, A., Peter Nadeem, S., Anosike, A., & Kumar, V. (2018). A circularity measurement toolkit for manufacturing SMEs. International Journal of Production Research, 1-25.
Kirchherr, J., Reike, D., & Hekkert, M. (2017). Conceptualizing the circular economy: An analysis of 114 definitions. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 127, 221-232.
Kumar, V., Sezersan, I., Garza-Reyes, J. A., & AL-Shboul, M. A. (2018). Circular economy in the manufacturing sector: Benefits, opportunities and barriers. Management Decision. (In press)
Mangla, S. K., Luthra, S., Mishra, N., Singh, A., Rana, N. P., Dora, M., & Dwivedi, Y. (2018). Barriers to effective circular supply chain management in a developing country context. Production Planning & Control, 29(6), 551-569.
Murray, A., Skene, K., & Haynes, K. (2017). The circular economy: An interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and application in a global context. Journal of Business Ethics, 140(3), 369-380.
Reike, D., Vermeulen, W. J., & Witjes, S. (2018). The circular economy: New or Refurbished as CE 3.0? - Exploring Controversies in the Conceptualization of the Circular Economy through a Focus on History and Resource Value Retention Options. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 135, 246-264.
Su, B., Heshmati, A., Geng, Y., & Yu, X. (2013). A review of the circular economy in China: moving from rhetoric to implementation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 42, 215-227.