Paradoxical tensions in exploiting data to implement circular economy in the textile industry

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2023-08
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Language
en
Pages
14
Series
Ambio
Abstract
Increasing utilization of data, enabled by digitalization, constitutes a major driver toward circular economy but is not without potential paradoxical tensions. A two-round disaggregative Delphi study and analysis of the qualitative material generated in it explored these tensions. They were found to cohere around three themes: consumer concurrence, business transparency, and technology relevance. The first theme is connected with consumers’ behavior and their perceptions as to data’s value, the transparency one involves alignment of business interests and practices with data-driven developments, and the third pertains to the actual environmental impact of digital technologies used to initiate data-driven circular economy. Business decision-making should address both the positive and the negative effects, in both the short and long term. Insight as to these tensions supports discovering how businesses can successfully utilize data in their efforts promoting circular economy within the complex reality of dynamically changing business environments.
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Funding Information: Open Access funding provided by University of Helsinki including Helsinki University Central Hospital. The Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation is gratefully acknowledged for funding Päivi Luoma's work in this research [Grant Numbers 20VE070MO, 21VE049KE]. Publisher Copyright: © 2023, The Author(s).
Keywords
Circular economy, Digitalization, Paradoxical tension, Sustainability, Textile industry
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Luoma , P , Penttinen , E , Tapio , P & Toppinen , A 2023 , ' Paradoxical tensions in exploiting data to implement circular economy in the textile industry ' , Ambio , vol. 52 , no. 8 , pp. 1400-1413 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-023-01865-w