A Circular Capability Framework to address food waste and losses in the agri-food supply chain: The antecedents, principles and outcomes of Circular Economy

Niken Palupi Kusumo Wardani, Benny Tjahjono, Jordon Lazell, David Bek, Nicholas Theodorakopoulos, Panagiotis Andrikopoulos, Cindy Rianti Priadi

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Food loss and food waste (FLW) within agri-food supply chains in the developing world remains a perennial problem. This is partly due to the lack of knowledge on how business operations within supply chains contribute towards the FLW issue, particularly in the case of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Circular Economy (CE) has been heralded as an appropriate pathway for businesses towards reduction of FLW, however, the practical realities of how the CE can be best employed remains unclear. This paper fills this knowledge gap by studying growers, distributors and retailers in the agri-food supply chain, in order to develop a Circular Capability Framework. The findings generate unique insights into FLW understandings, causes and mitigation strategies to provide a detailed, developing world relevant food waste hierarchy. The novel framework we propose can aid participation in the CE by conceptualising CE antecedents as business capability pathways, set out as eight propositions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Business Research
Early online date28 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

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The authors are grateful with the support provided by the Academy of Medical Sciences, grant number GCRFNGR3\1211, to investigate the applications of Circular Economy in agri-food supply chains in collaboration with University of Indonesia, and the follow-on collaboration project between Coventry Business School and Aston Business School exploring the entrepreneurial mindsets in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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  • Circular economy
  • Food Loss
  • Food waste
  • Natural Resource Based View
  • SMEs
  • Food loss
  • Natural resource based view

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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