Discussing Practical and Educational Challenges in Teaching Circular Economy

Helen Kopnina
  • December 2017, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/978-1-78714-501-620171028

Teaching circular economy

What is it about?

This chapter will introduce circular economy and cradle to cradle models of sustainable production. It will reflect on the key blockages to a meaningful sustainable production and how these could be overcome, particularly in the context of business education. The case study of the course for bachelor’s students within International Business Management Studies (IBMS) program at three vocational schools, and at University College in The Netherlands will be discussed. Student teams from these schools were given an assignment to make a business plan for a selected sponsor company in order to advise them how to make a transition from a linear to circular economy model. These case studies will illustrate the opportunities as well as potential pitfalls of the closed-loop production models.

Why is it important?

The results of case studies’ analysis show that there was a mismatch between expectations of the sponsor companies and those of students on the one hand and a mismatch between theory and practice on the other hand. Helpful directions for future research and teaching practice are outlined.


Dr Helen Kopnina
The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Teaching circular economy

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