A Conceptual Framework for Adopting Ambidexterity in Circular Supply Chains

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Abstract

The incorporation of the circular economy principles into Supply Chain Management leads to a Circular Supply Chain (CSC), which fosters the perpetual flow of materials in a cyclical manner without damaging the environment, society or economy. This perpetual flow is essential for organizations to survive in an ever-increasingly dynamic environment and in a natural resource-constrained economy (NRCE). Therefore, organizations, which aim to implement CSC must seek to identify an intermediating factor, which should simultaneously foster reactive supply chain strategies to manage natural resources limitation and proactive supply chain strategies for uncertain environment. The concept of Ambidexterity enabling the simultaneous pursuit of exploration and exploitation aligns with the principles of CSC. However, this concept has not been investigated in the CSC literature to date. Within this context, the aim of this paper is to propose a conceptual framework to adopt Ambidexterity in CSC. The framework has a two-dimensional hierarchy that includes eco-efficiency aimed at reactive strategies, and eco-effectiveness aimed at proactive strategies: both regenerative and restorative from supply chain process perspective, closed-loop and open-loop/cascading from flow perspective. This paper provides a conceptual framework with four propositions that should enable the adoption of Ambidexterity in CSC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 2021
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages5805-5814
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7923-6124-1
ISBN (Print)9781792361241
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2021
Event11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
- virtual, Singapore
Duration: 7 Mar 202111 Mar 2021
Conference number: 11
http://ieomsociety.org/singapore2021/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Conference

Conference11th Annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Abbreviated titleIEOM
CountrySingapore
Period7/03/2111/03/21
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Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Ambidexterity
  • Circular Economy
  • Exploitation
  • Exploration
  • Supply Chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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