At the nexus of blockchain technology, the circular economy, and product deletion

Mahtab Kouhizadeh*, Joseph Sarkis, Qingyun Zhu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The circular economy (CE) is an emergent concept to rethink and redesign how our economy works. The concept recognizes effective and efficient economic functioning at multiple scales-governments and individuals, globally and locally; for businesses, large and small. CE represents a systemic shift that builds long-term resilience at multiple levels (macro, meso and micro); generating new business and economic opportunities while providing environmental and societal benefits. Blockchain, an emergent and critical technology, is introduced to the circular economy environment as a potential enabler for many circular economic principles. Blockchain technology supported information systems can improve circular economy performance at multiple levels. Product deletion, a neglected but critical effort in product management and product portfolio management, is utilized as an illustrative business scenario as to blockchain's application in a circular economy research context. Product deletion, unlike product proliferation, has received minimal attention from both academics and practitioners. Product deletion decisions need to be evaluated and analyzed in the circular economy context. CE helps address risk aversion issues in product deletions such as inventory, waste and information management. This paper is the first to conceptualize the relationships amongst blockchain technology, product deletion and the circular economy. Many nuances of relationships are introduced in this study. Future evaluation and critical reflections are also presented with a need for a rigorous and robust research agenda to evaluate the multiple and complex relationships and interplay amongst technology, policy, commerce and the natural environment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1712
Peer-reviewed scientific journalApplied Sciences
Volume9
Issue number8
Number of pages20
ISSN2076-3417
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25.04.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • blockchain technology
  • circular economy
  • product deletion
  • supply chain
  • sustainability

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