From linear to circular sustainable supply chain network optimisation: towards a conceptual framework

Khadija Echefaj, Abdelkabir Charkaoui, Anass Cherrafi, Sunil Tiwari, Pankaj Sharma, Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour*

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Circular economy has the potential to counter sustainability challenges by moving towards a circular flow that enhances the efficiency of resource use. Government directives and stakeholders’ pressures are forcing organisations to redesign their global supply chain network to fit sustainability and circularity aims. To fulfil this need, many models are proposed to integrate sustainability objectives in supply chain optimisation. However, designing a sustainable supply chain within the circular economy framework is lacking. This is a barrier for organisations to provide a circular and sustainable product. To fill this gap, descriptive and content analysis are used in this paper to scrutinise literature and develop a conceptual framework incorporating sustainability objectives and circular economy strategies to assist supply network design. The developed framework is a useful tool that helps in a better transition from a linear to a sustainable circular economy. Based on the results, research opportunities are identified and suggestions for future research are proposed. The findings are useful for researchers and managers to implement circular economy practices in a sustainable supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Early online date15 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jan 2024

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  • Circular Economy
  • Literature Review
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Quantitative Model
  • Supply Chain
  • Sustainability


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