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Innovation strategies geared toward the circular economy: A case study of the organic olive-oil industry


  • Antonino Galati
  • Giorgio Schifani
  • Maria Crescimanno
  • Demetris Vrontis
  • Giuseppina Migliore


Circular Economy (CE) focuses on the (re)design of processes and products aiming to minimize negative environmental impact, by reducing the use of non-renewable resources, increasing products durability, improving waste management and enhancing the market for secondary raw materials. In the management field very few contributions deal with the topic of CE as a model that firms can implement from a business model perspective. The aim of the present study is to describe, by using a case study in olive oil industry, how firms in practice adapt their business model towards CE paradigm and the influence of personal drivers and stakeholders in this adaptation. The findings reveal that circular economy is for the firm an important paradigm not only to pursue environmental sustainability but above all to pursue economic sustainability.

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  • Antonino Galati & Giorgio Schifani & Maria Crescimanno & Demetris Vrontis & Giuseppina Migliore, 2018. "Innovation strategies geared toward the circular economy: A case study of the organic olive-oil industry," RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA', FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2018(1), pages 137-158.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:rissri:v:html10.3280/riss2018-001011

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    1. Antonino Galati & Maria Crescimanno & Demetris Vrontis & Dario Siggia, 2020. "Contribution to the Sustainability Challenges of the Food-Delivery Sector: Finding from the Deliveroo Italy Case Study," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(17), pages 1-1, August.
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