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Invitation to PDW "Theorizing for Circular Economy: Broadening our Sight of Organizations and Resources"

  • 1.  Invitation to PDW "Theorizing for Circular Economy: Broadening our Sight of Organizations and Resources"

    Posted 07-30-2020 04:10

    (Real-Time Open PDW #15330)

    Apologies for cross-posting.

    We would like to invite you to attend a workshop on one of the critical areas of business practice today, which suffers from insubstantial theoretical underpinnings: Circular Economy.

     Academic research on resource loops primarily deals with its practical and technical aspects, with marginal attention to theories that can explain the motivations, actions, and impacts of business and provide generalizable solutions. A lack of theory in this area has resulted in disperse definitions, different assumptions, and unclear boundaries of Circular Economy that hinder practice. Two alternatives may fill this gap: extending some existing management and organization theories to bridge Circular Economy and business, or to develop a universal or meta theory of Circular Economy.

     In this synchronous PDW we will propose five broad existing phenomena at different organizational levels that will include considerations on topics such as resilience, governance for innovation, circular supply chains, firm boundaries, and polycentric perspective. All these topics constitute critical emerging challenges for practitioners that may not be addressed by the existing management theory. The organizers and experts involved in this PDW will present these topics to be interactively discussed by all participants in five parallel roundtables. The five groups will develop and share their perspectives on how theory can respond to the focal challenges to increase circulation of different types of resources. The PDW aims to broaden our sight to the role of business in society and ecology by exploring new frontiers to expand relevant management theory.


    Date and Time

    Saturday, Aug 8th, 2020, 1:00PM - 3:00PM EDT.


    A group of organizers and discussants will facilitate the PDW. Organizers, who are circular economy researchers, will synchronously run the workshop and its five virtual roundtables (breakout sessions). Discussants, who have extensive knowledge in theory development and/or Circular Economy, will enrich the conversations by adding their insights on how theory development can help CE overcome these challenges. 

    Organizers (live participation):

    Hadi Chapardar - MacEwan U.

    Weslynne S. Ashton - Illinois Institute of Technology 

    Jury Gualandris - Ivey Business School 

    Andre Martins Nogueira - Harvard U. 

    Laura Albareda - LUT U., School of Business and Management 

    Steven Kennedy - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus U. 

    Stefano Pascucci - U. of Exeter 

    Samuli Patala - Aalto U. School of Business

    Discussants (live or recorded participation):

    Marian Chertow - Yale U. 

    P Devereaux (Dev) Jennings - Alberta U., School of Business

    Joseph Sarkis - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Klaus Weber - Northwestern U. 

    Martina K. Linnenluecke - Macquarie U. 

    Nancy Bocken - Maastricht U., School of Business & Economics 

    Sara Soderstrom – University of Michigan



    Jury Gualandris, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Operations & Sustainability

    Ivey Business School | Western University

    Lead of the Circular Economy Priority | Centre for Building Sustainable Value

    Track Chair of Sustainability in Supply Chains | Decisions Sciences Institute 2020

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