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Towards a complex push-to-pull dynamics in circular construction supply chains: a systematic literature review

Mohamed Abadi (Department of Engineering Management, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Jieling Huang (Department of Engineering Management, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Jillian Yeow (Department of Engineering Management, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Saeed Reza Mohandes (Department of Engineering Management, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)
Lihong Zhang (Department of Engineering Management, School of Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 31 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The development of circular construction supply chains (CCSCs) is impeded by various barriers, but the current literature overlooks the interrelationships among these barriers and the varying nature of associated countermeasures with the growth of circular economy (CE). This paper aims to develop new perspectives about the transition to CCSCs through the lens of supply-push (SP)/demand-pull (DP) strategies and related underpinning theories.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review including 136 journal articles was undertaken to identify barriers to CCSCs and associated countermeasures that are analysed for their relevance to SP/DP. The interplay between SP/DP approaches was discussed using the “technology acceptance” and “innovation chain” models.

Findings

(1) Thirty-five barriers were identified and organised into nine main barrier factors; (2) the predominant factors are knowledge and awareness, policy and regulations, technological capabilities, and incentives; (3) CCSCs transition is SP-configured primarily driven by actors above the project network; (4) “push” measures are devised to gradually create a “pull” environment and can be revoked when demand for circularity is created, suggesting a new “push-to-pull” perspective of CCSCs; and (5) a complex adaptative system is witnessed in relationships between barriers and countermeasures, and interactions among actors at all levels.

Practical implications

The findings offer practitioners countermeasures to barriers encountered in CE initiatives. It also informs policymakers of adjusting policies to accommodate the SP-DP movement in steering the circular transition.

Originality/value

This study uses theoretical models to interpret the dynamics in CCSCs transition and proposes a new definition of CCSCs highlighting their complex and dual transitional/transformational nature.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) [grant numbers: EP/T517823/1].

Citation

Abadi, M., Huang, J., Yeow, J., Mohandes, S.R. and Zhang, L. (2023), "Towards a complex push-to-pull dynamics in circular construction supply chains: a systematic literature review", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-03-2023-0294

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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