Orchestrating industrial ecosystem in circular economy: A two-stage transformation model for large manufacturing companies

Vinit Parida, Thommie Burström, Ivanka Visnjic, Joakim Wincent

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Making the transition to a circular economy is an important goal for society and individual companies, particularly in resource-intensive manufacturing industries. Yet the complexity and interdependencies of such an undertaking mean that no single company can achieve it alone and ecosystem-wide orchestration is necessary. Based on a qualitative study of six large manufacturing companies (ecosystem orchestrators) and their ecosystem partners, we develop a process model that describes the scarcely understood process of ecosystem transformation toward a circular economy paradigm. We provide evidence that ecosystem orchestrators achieve the transition toward a circular economy in two stages: 1) ecosystem readiness assessment and 2) ecosystem transformation. In each stage, specific and complementary mechanisms are deployed. The article elaborates on ecosystem transformation mechanisms and their purpose, use, and interdependencies in moving toward a circular economy paradigm.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Business Research
Issue numberAugust
Pages (from-to)715-725
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 16.01.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • business models
  • sustainability
  • servitization
  • industrial ecosystems
  • circular economy
  • Product-service systems
  • Ecosystem
  • Orchestration
  • Inter-organizational relationships

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

  • AoHP: Strategic and entrepreneurial praxis


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