Towards Ecological Management: Identifying Barriers and Opportunities in Transition from Linear to Circular Economy

  • Helen KopninaEmail author


This article will discuss the concepts of Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economy in relation to sustainable production involving philosophical debates on economic growth, and the risk of subversion of managerial practice to business as usual. The case study is based on the assignments submitted by Masters students as part of a course related to sustainable production and consumption at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Some of the supposedly best practice cases placed on the website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or those awarded Cradle to Cradle certificate were evaluated by students as green-washing. Larger implications of circular production for business and ecological management are discussed.


Circular economy Cradle to cradle Green-washing Ecological management 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hague University of Applied Sciences, International BusinessDen HaagThe Netherlands

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