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Circular Entrepreneurship

Creating Responsible Enterprise

  • Introduces and explores new concept of circular entrepreneurship

  • Provides business models and case studies for circular enterprises

  • Focuses on innovation and internationalisation for circular firms


About this book


This original book explores how the principles of circularity, considered a law of nature but neglected within the materialistic orientation of the industrial age, are becoming attractive again in business and society. Investigation reveals enterprises small and large delivering a stimulating message, from changes in entrepreneurial mindsets to the inclusive use of new technologies and a push for innovation. Zucchella and Urban explore the novel concept of circular enterprise, showing how, with their capacity to innovate, these firms are becoming the most powerful actors of a new, sustainable social order. They examine two fundamental questions: why is this revolution occurring now, and how is it being implemented? Focusing on the most innovative practices, they demonstrate the potential of circular enterprise for industry and wider society, making clear that a new world is emerging.


circular economy sustainable business environmental circular enterprise responsibility innovation circularity SMEs green business sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PaviaPaviaItaly
  2. 2.University of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance

About the authors

Antonella Zucchella is Professor of Marketing at the University of Pavia, Italy, and a senior research scholar at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. She is the author of books on entrepreneurship and international entrepreneurship and of numerous articles in international journals on the international growth of small and young ventures and on sustainable management.

Sabine Urban is Professor Emerita at the University of Strasbourg, France and the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of international business, environmental management and socio-economic globalization dynamics. In the latter field she is the editor of ten books. She was Director of the Strasbourg University Management School and the attached Research Centre, and a board member of several industrial or financial companies; she is still active in the supervisory board of a family owned business.  She is Knight of the Légion d’Honneur and was distinguished by the US Information Agency, USIA, (IVP Program, Entrepreneuship, 1985). She is also a laureate of the Faculty of Law and Economics at Strasbourg University Robert Schuman, France.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Circular Entrepreneurship
  • Book Subtitle Creating Responsible Enterprise
  • Authors Antonella Zucchella
    Sabine Urban
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18998-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-19001-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18999-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sustainability Management
    Business Ethics
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“The resource revolution is under way: governments, local authorities, industry and citizen-consumers are increasingly aware that resources are not inexhaustible. Therefore, circular economy invents new modes of production and consumption that are more compatible with climate challenges and massive urbanisation; this book is well documented, brilliant and yields encouraging results in terms of commitments to position all actors at the leading edge of this unavoidable transformation thanks to innovative solutions.” (Jean-Louis Chaussade, Président de SUEZ)