A1 Journal article (refereed)
Organisational Drivers and Challenges in Circular Economy Implementation : An Issue Life Cycle Approach (2022)

Piila, N., Sarja, M., Onkila, T., & Mäkelä, M. (2022). Organisational Drivers and Challenges in Circular Economy Implementation : An Issue Life Cycle Approach. Organization and environment, 35(4), 523-550. https://doi.org/10.1177/10860266221099658

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Piila, Noora; Sarja, Milla; Onkila, Tiina; Mäkelä, Marileena

Journal or series: Organization and environment

ISSN: 1086-0266

eISSN: 1552-7417

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 08/06/2022

Volume: 35

Issue number: 4

Pages range: 523-550

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/10860266221099658

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81709


Business is a significant cause of various global sustainability challenges addressed by the Circular Economy (CE), making companies instrumental in the transition from a linear economic model to a circular one. While drivers and challenges in corporate CE implementation have been researched on an organisational level, a more detailed understanding is needed regarding their contextual nature and interplay with the evolution of CE implementation in a company. Utilising issue life cycle theory, this study contributes to the literature on CE implementation in business by displaying differences in corporate CE implementation drivers and challenges, relating to the time since starting, and the degree of corporate CE implementation. Moreover, it makes a significant contribution to issue life cycle theory by demonstrating how drivers and challenges can shape the progression of a corporate response to an issue. This understanding is crucial in identifying the right support mechanisms for companies in different phases of CE implementation.

Keywords: circular economy; challenges; introduction (implementation); enterprises; business; sustainable development; corporate responsibility; product life cycle

Free keywords: circular economy; CE implementation; drivers; challenges; issue life cycle

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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