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Management Decision and the Circular Economy: sustainability challenges and opportunities for managers in emerging economies

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

Aim and Scope

The basic intent of this special issue is to push forward the knowledge on management decision for promoting circular economy in emerging economies, by exploring challenges, opportunities, best practices and other aspects of this emergent topic. Circular economy has gained impetus as a concept capable of unlocking sustainable development of organisations and nations, contributing to a more environmentally-responsible and socially-equal society. Initiatives of circular economy can be found largely in high-income countries. For example, in United Kingdom, Scotland has coordinated a large programme to incentivise new circular business models, which has been successful and considered exemplar globally. According to Campsie “It has been estimated that creating a circular economy, which finds profitable uses for waste while promoting remanufacture and alternatives to ownership, could save around £1.5 billion a year in Scotland alone, while creating a new generation of jobs and skills”.
 (…). Europe has initiated the development of a robust plan to make circular economy a reality.

The MacArthur Foundation has pushing the available material on best practices and principles regarding the circular economy, engaging with stakeholders and shaping the future legislation on circularity. In the industry context, examples of circular economy-based business models have been more and more frequent.

However, there is a substantial opportunity of understanding specificities, challenges and opportunities of circular economy in emerging economies. The state-of-the-art on circular economy in either low-income or medium-income countries can be developed further.

This special issue aims to provide high-quality, cutting edge research regarding circular economy in emerging, low-income and medium-income economies. This special call for papers for Management Decision ( seeks theoretical and practical research avenues, frameworks, drivers, barriers, and best practices on the topic. Research in circular economy field should consider interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art knowledge and mix academic rigor with practical application to promote the necessary transformations in production and consumption patterns towards a more sustainable society.
Topics for this special issue may include (but are not limited to):

(1) Challenges and opportunities of adopting circular economy principles
•    What are the challenges of circular economy in emerging economies?
•    What are the opportunities of having a circular economy?
•    What are the structural barriers that can hamper the adoption of circular economy?

(2) Best practices for a circular economy
•    What are the best practices regarding circular economy that organisations can adopt?
•    What are the unique practices emerging economies have developed?

(3) Supply chain management and circular economy
•    How does a company in an emerging economy can optimize links between customers, focal companies, and suppliers to align cleaner production’s targets across circular supply chains?
•    What are the main drivers and barriers for implementing circular economy in global supply chains that include emerging economies?

(4) People and talent-based circular economy
•    How is training designed in order to unlock circular economy?
•    How can organisational “human” aspects affect the success of circular economy adoption?
•    What are the best ways to strengthen partnerships between industries and universities to manage talented people whose will support circular economy?

(5) Policy and Governmental Agenda on circular economy
•    How to measure the contributions of a circular economy to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
•    How can proper legislation management and codes of conduct contribute to a circular economy?
•    Are the principles and guidelines promoted by non-governmental organisations in developed economies fully adaptable to the reality of low-to-medium income economies?

Each submission will undergo a rigorous double-blind review process. Submissions in English should be made via ScholarOne Manuscripts, Management Decision’s online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at: Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

The Full Author Guideline for the journal can be found here:

 ● Manuscript submission deadline: September 30, 2018

Guest Editor
Dr. Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour (Montpellier Business School) [email protected]

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