CE Ecosystems

CICAT2025 explores the emergence and structural dynamics of circular economy ecosystems as well as agency in circular economy ecosystems. In particular, we are keen to explore ecosystems dynamics and agency as catalysts toward in transitions toward circular economy. In terms of outcomes, we create a structural map of circular economy business ecosystems and a typology of circular economy actors and change agents.

What do we mean by ecosystems?

The circular economy ecosystem is a multi-actor networked entity in which interacting actors play complementary roles. The actors in the circular economy ecosystem can be companies, cities, ministries, universities, non-profit organizations and citizen-consumers. A single actor can belong to multiple ecosystems, intentionally or unintentionally. The ecosystem emerges or is created around a common goal. In a circular economy, the goal can be to enable resource recycling or reuse, develop circular economy knowledge, or execute a circular economy business. Circular economy ecosystems are characterized by features of many ecosystem types, such as innovation, business or platform ecosystems.

Coopetition and Alignment in Circular Economy Ecosystems - Beverage Package Recycling System and Circular Economy Service Platform

The increasing pressures towards more environmentally friendly operations, drive companies to work together to forward shared objectives. To achieve system-level outcomes in advancing circular......

Triggering sustainability communication in a B2B context: combining action research and sensemaking

This is a action research on initiating sustainability communication in a shipbuilding network. The research data consists of 16 interviews in the network. The key findings are twofold. First, we......

Enabling 4P Collaboration: Multidisciplinary, Industrial-Scale Circular Economy Park

The concept for circular economy in Tampere Region, Finland, is revolutionary. There is no more waste; used materials and energy exist to become a great benefit to the society and its citizens. The......