Capabilities required to tackle barriers to remanufacturing

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The transition towards a circular economy proposes to deliver sustainable, lower carbon opportunities to society, governments and companies. This paper focuses on finding barriers encountered during remanufacturing activities and interpreting the barriers by using a framework for dynamic capabilities. Dynamic capabilities enable companies to adjust to changes in their business activities. In the literature, remanufacturing is described as a process to restore used products to a ‘as good as new’ condition, through a series of steps. This paper discusses the analysis of in-depth interviews with a selection of five remanufacturing companies. The companies are from the following sectors: automotive, IT, photocopiers, industrial robots and building components. Results show they have a tendency to put technical capabilities at the core of their research, leaving ‘softer’ capabilities, such as sensing and learning, less developed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Concerence Going Green – CARE INNOVATION 2018
EditorsB. Kopacek
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventGoing Green CARE INNOVATION 2018 - Schoenbrunn Palace Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 26 Nov 201829 Nov 2018


ConferenceGoing Green CARE INNOVATION 2018


  • Remanufacturing
  • Barriers to remanufacturing


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