The enablers in the relationship between entrepreneurial ecosystems and the circular economy: the case of circularity.com

Pizzi, Simone, Leopizzi, Rossella and Caputo, Andrea (2021) The enablers in the relationship between entrepreneurial ecosystems and the circular economy: the case of circularity.com. Management of Environmental Quality . ISSN 1477-7835

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/MEQ-01-2021-0011

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Abstract

Purpose
This study aims to investigate the evolutionary pathways adopted by a digital platform to favor the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem inspired by circular economy behaviors, becoming an enabler in the development of a coevolutionary relationship between entrepreneurial ecosystems and circular economy.

Design/methodology/approach
An in-depth single-case study method has been applied, investigating the case of circularity.com, the first and only circular economy industrial symbiosis platform in Italy.

Findings
The paper shows how digital platforms can transition towards circular business models, particularly for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Moreover, the findings show how sustainable platforms' need to revise their business models to effectively engage with stakeholders. The analysis also shows the central role covered by entrepreneurial ecosystems in the transition towards a more circular and sustainable business models.

Originality/value
This paper contributes to theoretical development by offering new and insightful explanations of firms' behavior and coevolution, moving beyond the classic interpretation of industry dynamics and analyzing a unique case study. This study has implications for both practice and research, as it offers a better and more holistic understanding of the enabling role of digital platforms for a circular economy.

Keywords:Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Circular Economy, Sustainable business models, coevolution, Case study, Italy
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:05 May 2021 11:57

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