Stakeholders, innovative business models for the circular economy and sustainable performance of firms in an emerging economy facing institutional voids

Jabbour, Charbel Jose Chiappetta, Seuring, Stefan, Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Ana Beatriz , Jugend, Daniel, De Camargo Fiorini, Paula, Latan, Hengky and Izeppi, Wagner Colucci (2020) Stakeholders, innovative business models for the circular economy and sustainable performance of firms in an emerging economy facing institutional voids. Journal of Environmental Management, 264 . p. 110416. ISSN 0301-4797

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110416

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Abstract

The literature on the diffusion of the circular economy (CE) rarely provides empirical evidence from emerging economies that face institutional voids and sustainability paradoxes. In contrast, drawing on stakeholder theory, in this paper we test a research framework capable of capturing the imbricated and complex relations among stakeholder pressure, barriers to and motivators of the CE, circular business models, and firms’ sustainable performance. Survey-based primary data was gathered from Brazilian industrial companies which lack regulatory clarity regarding the implementation of a CE. Our research results comprise both expected and unexpected outcomes: (i) differing from other countries, the relevance of regulatory stakeholders in Brazil could not be fully confirmed, adding complexity to the topic; (ii) unexpectedly, in this research, company owners/shareholders were the most salient stakeholders; (iii) stakeholders do indeed exert influence on how firms deal with barriers to and motivators of a CE; (iv) we found that internal barriers and internal motivators were perceived as more intense than external ones, which may create organizational tensions; (v) the adoption of a CE by firms tends to improve their sustainable performance; (vi) the previous possession of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certifications may control the way companies perceive the benefits of a CE.

Keywords:Sustainable innovations, Sustainable business models, Circular economy, Stakeholders, Sustainable performance
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
ID Code:40640
Deposited On:16 Apr 2020 09:35

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