Skip to main content

Abstract

This paper presents a novel framework for developing Circular Business Models based on a strategic approach adopted from lean production. Building on existing theory in both the circular economy and the lean production research domain, the framework was developed from the findings of a longitudinal single case study based on a mixed research design of case study and action research. The research was carried out over a three-year period as part of a larger research project that explored the connection between lean thinking and circular economy. The aim of the research was to help close the gap on the integration of lean and green and to guide academics and practitioners who seek to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or eBook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 259.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 329.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Similar content being viewed by others

References

  1. Hopp, W.J., Spearman, M.S.: The lenses of lean: visioning the science and practice of efficiency. J. Oper. Manage. 1–17 (2020).https://doi.org/10.1002/joom.1115

  2. Åhlström, P., et al.: Is lean a theory? Viewpoints and outlook. Int. J. Oper. Prod. Manage. (2021).https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-06-2021-0408

  3. Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T., Roos, D.: Machine That Changed the World. Harper Perennial, New York (1990)

    Google Scholar 

  4. Reke, E., Iakymenko, N., Kjersem, K., Powell, D.: Lean & Green: Aligning Circular Economy and Kaizen Through Hoshin Kanri, pp. 399–406. Springer (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-16411-8_46

  5. Reke, E., Böhlmann, N.: Developing middle managers with Gemba. Training 1, 271–277 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-92934-3

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Reke, E., Powell, D., Yokozawa, K.: Towards an Economic Theory of Lean. Springer International Publishing (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-85874-2_78

  7. Kurdve, M., Bellgran, M.: Green lean operationalisation of the circular economy concept on production shop floor level. J. Clean. Prod. 278, 123223 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123223

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Simão, L., Lisboa, A.: Green marketing and green brand – the Toyota Case. In: Procedia Manufacturing, pp. 183–194. Elsevier (2017)

    Google Scholar 

  9. Corporation TM Sustainability Data Book, 122

    Google Scholar 

  10. Toyota Environmental Report (2018). https://global.toyota/pages/global_toyota/sustainability/report/er/er18_24-27_en.pdf. Accessed 07 Nov 2022

  11. Salonitis, K., Ball, P.: Energy efficient manufacturing from machine tools to manufacturing systems. Procedia CIRP 7, 634–639 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2013.06.045

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. Garza-Reyes, J.A.: Lean and green – a systematic review of the state of the art literature. J. Clean. Prod. 102, 18–29 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.04.064

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. Bocken, N., Short, S., Rana, P., Evans, S.: A value mapping tool for sustainable business modelling. Corp. Gov. 13, 482–497 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-06-2013-0078

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. Shafer, S.M., Smith, H.J., Linder, J.C.: The power of business models. Bus. Horiz. 48, 199–207 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2004.10.014

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. Cornes, R., Sandler, T.: The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Club Goods. Cambridge University Press (1996)

    Book  Google Scholar 

  16. Banaitė, D.: Towards circular economy: analysis of indicators in the context of sustainable development 9 (2016)

    Google Scholar 

  17. Kirchherr, J., Reike, D., Hekkert, M.: Conceptualizing the circular economy: an analysis of 114 definitions|Elsevier Enhanced Reader. Resour. Conserv. Recycl. 221–232 (2017).https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.09.005

  18. Geissdoerfer, M., Pieroni, M.P.P., Pigosso, D.C.A., Soufani, K.: Circular business models: a review. J. Clean. Prod. 277, 123741 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123741

    Article  Google Scholar 

  19. Ballé, M., Jones, D.T., Chaize, J., Fiume, O.: The Lean Strategy: Using Lean to Create Competitive Advantage, Unleash Innovation, and Deliver Sustainable Growth. McGraw Hill Professional, New York (2017)

    Google Scholar 

  20. Fujimoto, T.: The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota. Oxford University Press, Oxford (1999)

    Book  Google Scholar 

  21. Coghlan, D., Coughlan, P.: Notes toward a philosophy of action learning research. Action Learn. Res. Pract. 7, 193–203 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1080/14767333.2010.488330

    Article  Google Scholar 

  22. Yin, R.K.: Case Study Research Design and Methods. SAGE, London (2003)

    Google Scholar 

  23. Åhlstöm, P., Karlsson, C.: Longitudinal field studies. In: Researching Operations Management, 1st ed., pp. 196–235. Routledge (2009)

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the support of the Norwegian research council for the re-search grant 313687.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Johanne Sørumsbrenden .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2024 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this paper

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this paper

Reke, E., Sørumsbrenden, J., Hareide, E., Halfdanarson, J., Iakymenko, N., Powell, D. (2024). A Lean Framework for Developing Circular Business Models. In: Silva, F.J.G., Ferreira, L.P., Sá, J.C., Pereira, M.T., Pinto, C.M.A. (eds) Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: Establishing Bridges for More Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. FAIM 2023. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-38165-2_31

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-38165-2_31

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-031-38164-5

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-031-38165-2

  • eBook Packages: EngineeringEngineering (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics