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A typology of remanufacturing in closed-loop supply chains


  • James D. Abbey
  • V. Daniel R. Guide


This manuscript defines a typology of remanufacturing based on multiple decades of direct observations across various remanufacturing industries. The manuscript also details how managers adapt their remanufacturing operations and strategies to the idiosyncrasies of the varied remanufacturing industries. The typology identifies four distinct typological groupings based on the dimensions of a firm’s strategic focus and product design philosophy. Before delving into typology and implications on strategic and design issues, the manuscript provides recent information on the current state of the remanufacturing industry based on governmental and industry reports. To assist readers who may be less familiar with the remanufacturing industry and closed-loop supply chains, the discussion also provides a brief overview of remanufacturing processes and the overall remanufacturing industry.

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  • James D. Abbey & V. Daniel R. Guide, 2018. "A typology of remanufacturing in closed-loop supply chains," International Journal of Production Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 56(1-2), pages 374-384, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:tprsxx:v:56:y:2018:i:1-2:p:374-384
    DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2017.1384078

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    1. Roberto Dominguez & Borja Ponte & Salvatore Cannella & Jose M. Framinan, 2019. "Building Resilience in Closed-Loop Supply Chains through Information-Sharing Mechanisms," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-4, November.
    2. Dominguez, Roberto & Cannella, Salvatore & Ponte, Borja & Framinan, Jose M., 2020. "On the dynamics of closed-loop supply chains under remanufacturing lead time variability," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 97(C).
    3. Quariguasi Frota Neto, João & Dutordoir, Marie, 2020. "Mapping the market for remanufacturing: An application of “Big Data” analytics," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 230(C).
    4. Ponte, Borja & Framinan, Jose M. & Cannella, Salvatore & Dominguez, Roberto, 2020. "Quantifying the Bullwhip Effect in closed-loop supply chains: The interplay of information transparencies, return rates, and lead times," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 230(C).
    5. Tianqin Shi & Dilip Chhajed & Zhixi Wan & Yunchuan Liu, 2020. "Distribution Channel Choice and Divisional Conflict in Remanufacturing Operations," Production and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management Society, vol. 29(7), pages 1702-1719, July.

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