Navigating tensions in circular ecosystem development: a case study of slow-the-loop and close-the-loop strategies in the Finnish e-bike ecosystem

Bruno Garcia Oliveira*, Anna Aminoff

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Abstract

This paper investigates tensions both within and between slow-the-loop (StL) or close-the-loop (CtL) strategies in the early stages of a circular ecosystem. The study applies an embedded case design and investigates the e-bike ecosystem in Finland. We interviewed the main actors of this ecosystem and performed a qualitative data analysis. First, we identified tensions within both StL and CtL strategies. We aggregated tensions into three categories: e-bike design, operation logic, and e-bike users. Second, we propose that alternative circular strategies can become oppositional poles in the early the stages of ecosystem. Based on paradox literature and a polarity map, we discuss how the emerging ecosystem needs to shift from either/or to both/and thinking to develop circular strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IPSERA 2024
Number of pages10
Publication date24.03.2024
Publication statusPublished - 24.03.2024
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
Event33rd IPSERA conference2024 - Brasil, Rio De Janeiro
Duration: 24.03.202425.04.2024

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Ciruclar supply chains
  • paradox theory
  • e-bikes
  • ciruclar design

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics

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