Integrating product design and supply chain management for a circular economy

Haydn Burke, Abraham Zhang, Jason X. Wang

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Circular economy (CE) provides an alternative development model to the dominant take-make-dispose linear approach, and thus a new vision for solving sustainability challenges. Firms need to operationalise CE in their supply chain operations, starting from circular product design as the foundational step. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how to integrate product design and supply chain management (SCM) decisions for a CE transition. A thematic analysis was conducted on data collected from 15 semi-structured interviews in New Zealand. Four propositions were established based on the identified themes, namely, end-of-life thinking in product design, circular SCM, business model innovation, and sustainable organisational values. The study results provide a novel insight into the integration of product design and SCM for a CE transition. The operational framework developed provides guidance to product designers, managers, and researchers to advance the CE cause at the supply chain level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1113
Number of pages17
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Issue number11
Early online date5 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023


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