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Ayati, S. M., Shekarian, E., Majava, J., & Wæhrens, B. V. (2022). Toward a circular supply chain: Understanding barriers from the perspective of recovery approaches. Journal of Cleaner Production, 359, 131775.

Toward a circular supply chain : understanding barriers from the perspective of recovery approaches

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Author: Ayati, Sayed Mohammad1; Shekarian, Ehsan1,2; Majava, Jukka1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
3Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-09-13


The integration of the concept of the circular economy (CE) within the supply chain is known as the circular supply chain (CSC). Although various articles have identified barriers to implementing CE, no comprehensive study has investigated the impacts of barriers focusing on CSC. This study includes a systematic literature review to contextualize the impact of barriers from the perspective of 3R (i.e., reusing, remanufacturing, and recycling) recovery approaches. It classifies barriers into seven main groups in the context of CSC. The most often observed barriers hindering 3R recovery approaches are identified, and their impacts are discussed. The results demonstrate that barriers related to “economics and finance,” “governments and regulations,” and “society and culture” substantially impact the ability of organizations in the initial phase of adopting recovery approaches. In particular, key findings outline that consumer willingness to purchase recovered products impacts reuse, deficient supportive regulations impact 3R approaches (especially recycling), and a lack of support in the market impacts the ability of organizations to execute remanufacturing effectively. In addition, conducting empirical research is still desirable and creates a meaningful link between theory and practice. It helps to understand the barriers to remanufacturing, reusing, and recycling.

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Series: Journal of cleaner production
ISSN: 0959-6526
ISSN-E: 1879-1786
ISSN-L: 0959-6526
Volume: 359
Pages: 1 - 18
Article number: 131775
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131775
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: This research was conducted at the University of Oulu and funded by the Academy of Finland, InStreams profiling (grant No. 326291).
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (