Due to excess of resource consumption, circular economy (CE) aims to return products to the production life cycle in an economically and ecologically reasonable way.
Yet, few approaches focus on the strategic and network level of CE. First, existing approaches regarding the configuration of CE networks and the development of appropriate business models are reviewed. Second, an approach on how to integrate both aspects is presented. By integrating these aspects, implementation strategies for CE in global production networks shall be developed facilitating strategic decisions.
The approach is planned to be demonstrated in a German company supplying the automotive sector.