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Unveiling the potentials of circular economy values in logistics and supply chain management

Eva Faja Ripanti (Department of Informatics, Universitas Tanjungpura, Pontianak, Indonesia)
Benny Tjahjono (Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 12 June 2019

Issue publication date: 10 September 2019




The purpose of this paper is to unveil the circular economy (CE) values with an ultimate goal to provide tenets in a format or structure that can potentially be used for designing a circular, closed-loop supply chain and reverse logistics.


This is desk-based research whose data were collected from relevant publication databases and other scientific resources, using a wide range of keywords and phrases associated with CE, reverse logistics, product recovery and other relevant terms. There are five main steps in the reformulation of CE principles: literature filtering, literature analysis, thematic analysis, value definition and value mapping.


In total, 15 CE values have been identified according to their fundamental concepts, behaviours, characteristics and theories. The values are grouped into principles, intrinsic attributes and enablers. These values can be embedded into the design process of product recovery management, reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chain.

Research limitations/implications

The paper contributes to the redefinition, identification and implementation of the CE values, as a basis for the transformation from a traditional to a more circular supply chain. The reformulation of the CE values will potentially affect the way supply chain and logistics systems considering the imperatives of circularity may be designed in the future.


The reformulation principles, intrinsic attributes and enablers of CE in this paper is considered innovative in terms of improving a better understanding of the notion of CE and how CE can be applied in the context of modern logistics and supply chain management.



Ripanti, E.F. and Tjahjono, B. (2019), "Unveiling the potentials of circular economy values in logistics and supply chain management", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 723-742.



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