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An Empirical Study on Public Sector versus Third Sector Circular Economy-Oriented Innovations

Nick Clifton Orcid Logo, Khine S. Kyaw Orcid Logo, Zheng Liu Orcid Logo, Gary Walpole Orcid Logo

Sustainability, Volume: 16, Issue: 4, Start page: 1650

Swansea University Author: Gary Walpole Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/su16041650

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Extensive research has explored organisational dynamics across various sectors in relation to circular economy (CE) innovation practices. However, a critical gap exists in understanding CE innovation activities in the public sector versus the third sector. This distinction is crucial as the third se...

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Published in: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
Published: MDPI AG 2024
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa65855
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Abstract: Extensive research has explored organisational dynamics across various sectors in relation to circular economy (CE) innovation practices. However, a critical gap exists in understanding CE innovation activities in the public sector versus the third sector. This distinction is crucial as the third sector’s role in CE innovation is growing, necessitating tailored policies instead of homogenous integration into public sector-based approaches. We address this gap by focusing on nuanced comparisons between the public and third sectors, delving into the motivations and constraints surrounding CE innovations across these different sectors. Employing an exploratory sequential design, we integrate qualitative insights from 12 interviews with quantitative measures derived from 153 survey responses within CE innovation communities. The findings reveal subtle yet significant disparities in innovation activities between the public and third sectors within a CE innovation community. Notably, cost factor differences related to the availability of finance and knowledge factors associated with the lack of information on technology emerge. This research contributes evidence-based insights, offering practitioners and policymakers a nuanced understanding of the motivations and constraints of circular economy innovation. These findings can be instrumental in steering the transition towards a more sustainable and circular economy, emphasising the need for tailored strategies rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
Keywords: circular economy; public sector; third sector; innovation; regional innovation
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funders: European Social Fund under grant WWV 82251
Issue: 4
Start Page: 1650