Value creation in circular economy business for sustainability: A stakeholder relationship perspective

Riikka Tapaninaho, Anna Heikkinen
2022 Business Strategy and the Environment  
A circular economy (CE) requires companies to rethink their value creation and stakeholder relationships. While value creation in a CE business is typically understood from a company-centric perspective, this article utilises stakeholder theory to conceptualise value creation as a relational, systemic activity involving multiple stakeholder relationships. We conduct a case study of the CE business development of a Finnish energy company and offer novel insights by identifying five joint value
more » ... eation activities: sharing the CE story, co-constructing knowledge for political decisionmaking, developing the industry, creating local CE ecosystems and refining the business model. Additionally, we define the concept of multidimensional value, which acknowledges multifaceted, subjective stakeholder value expectations and enables the engagement of stakeholders in joint value creation activities. We conclude that the stakeholder relationship perspective on CE business value creation allows for the creation of the synergy necessary to advance CE business and sustainability.
doi:10.1002/bse.3002 fatcat:rytg37rpgfdyhf2yygg6vykee4