Between Lifecycle Thinking and the Circular Economy: What does Management Theory tell us?


Speaker:Professor Joe Miemczyk, Nantes University
Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Streatham Court D

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Title: Between life-cycle thinking and the circular economy: What does management theory tell us? The purpose of this seminar is to discuss sustainable supply chain management through the lens of ‘supply’ management theory. Specifically the seminar will focus on how life-cycle thinking requires a broader supply chain and stakeholder perspective, creating challenges for the role of business in society today. Although often seen as legislative burden on companies, more and more organizations are seeking the potential value of ‘closing the loop’. Yet, the implications of redesigning supply chains and achieving legitimacy alongside profitability, means that many firms struggle to reach implementation, and maintain it once achieved. This discussion will draw upon more than 10 years of research in the area and attempt to draw insights for future management research. Short biography Joe Miemczyk is an associate professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management, France. His research focuses on sustainability in supply chains through the lens of management theory. Topics have covered responsiveness in the automotive industry, supply chain strategy, closed loop supply chain management and sustainability in purchasing and supply. He has recently published a book with Thomas Johnsen (Audencia) and Mickey Howard (Exeter) reflecting on sustainability in the fields of purchasing and supply chain management.