Title: System solutions for the circular economy on the regional level: the case of Green Lungs of Poland

Authors: Nina Drejerska; Demetris Vrontis; Evangelia Siachou; Jarosław Gołębiewski

Addresses: Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 166 Nowoursynowska Street, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland ' School of Business, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, CY-2417, P.O. Box 24005, CY-1700, Nicosia, Cyprus ' University of Athens MBA, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1 Sofokleous & Aristeidou Str., 510, Athens 105 59, Greece; School of Business and Economics, American College of Greece (ACG), Athens, Greece ' Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 166 Nowoursynowska Street, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland

Abstract: This study provides a comprehensive review of the literature within the last five years to capture the main concepts, features, perspectives and approaches of the circular economy, which has gained increasing worldwide attention. Systems theory is the theoretical basis of the research, and the antecedents to the circular economy are defined as mandatory elements of successful waste management systems alongside production, consumption, secondary raw materials and horizontal actions (innovation, investment and monitoring). The study looks at the waste management system at the regional level, namely the Podlasie region of Poland, and reveals dysfunctions of the traditional waste management system, such as local monopolies and limited freedom of business activity. Study findings suggest implementing the circular economy in the traditional waste management system in order to approach the latter holistically and encourage interaction between stakeholders rather than isolated actions and individual actors. The study provides implications for both theory and practice.

Keywords: circular economy; region; waste management; systems theory; institutional governance; regional case study; circular economy conceptual framework; waste policy; SMEs; small medium enterprises; sustainability; bioeconomy.

DOI: 10.1504/JGBA.2020.10034559

Journal for Global Business Advancement, 2020 Vol.13 No.4, pp.447 - 468

Received: 18 Sep 2020
Accepted: 18 Sep 2020

Published online: 29 Dec 2020 *

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