The circular economy connects firms within and across supply chains, so the waste of one organization becomes the feedstock for another. It is the embodiment of sustainable development, because business production and consumption are contained within the Earth’s planetary limits.
However, implementing the circular economy is tough. It requires businesses to recognize economic opportunities related to waste. It then requires to act collaboratively to innovate products, processes and business models that extract and capture value from waste. It finally requires efficient coordination of highly variable material flows moving forward, backwards and laterally within a complex network of businesses. Weak financial and regulatory incentives, managerial myopia and adversarial buyer-supplier relationships in supply chains make the much needed innovation and coordination difficult to achieve.
The Circular Economy Priority at the Ivey Centre for Building Sustainable Value works to accelerate system transformation towards a circular economy by providing insights into how circular supply chains can function and how current supply chains can be transformed.
Learn more about our research and projects – and how to get involved – below.
Interested in learning more about the circular economy or how you can improve your operations and supply chain? We are always looking for organizations that want to achieve positive change, whether through involvement in upcoming events, consulting projects with our talented students, or sponsored research initiatives. To learn more, contact us with a brief description of what you’d like to do.
Currently, we’re working with leading organizations in the Canadian agri-food sector to identify strategies to reduce food and plastic waste and transition towards circular supply chains. If you’re in the agri-food space and would like to get involved with this initiative, contact us.
Ivey has a unique concentration of top researchers who study supply chains and sustainability. They apply a wide range of empirical and analytical research methods to investigate and understand the transformation of supply chains systems towards circularity.
Learn more about our faculty’s research:
Bringing together circular economy and accounting research
Diane-Laure Arjaliès discusses a new call for papers that combines the best of circular economy and accounting research in the hopes of finding solutions to the some of the world’s toughest problems.
Delivering transformational change
Professors Jury Gualandris and Rob Klassen use a supply chain perspective to examine how NGOs can deliver on their mission to drive sustainability and social change.
Exploration and exploitation within supply networks
This research studies how the purchasing functions of an organization simultaneously pursue exploratory and exploitative activities within supply networks.
Putting the 'Network' in Supply Network
On August 10, 2019, Professor Jury Gualandris co-organized a workshop at the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting aimed at setting an agenda for future supply network research.
Engagement & Outreach
Change cannot happen in isolation. That’s why we are committed to engaging with and learning from other scholars, practitioners, and organizations working on circular economy initiatives.
Below are some examples of our recent events, engagement initiatives, and publications in popular press.
Tima Bansal to chair expert panel on the circular economy
A new multidisciplinary panel will examine the potential economic, environmental, and social impacts of advancing a circular economy in Canada.
Learning from IKEA circular economy initiatives
Professors Jury Gualandris and Rob Klassen visit with IKEA Canada to learn about what the organization is doing to build their contribution to a circular economy.
Ivey is well-known for its collaborative and practical case method teaching. Learning through cases challenges students to analyze information, make decisions, and defend those decisions when others may disagree.
Below are some cases related to sustainable supply chains written by Ivey faculty.