Circular economy practices among Chinese manufacturers varying in environmental-oriented supply chain cooperation and the performance implications

Qinghua Zhu, Yong Geng, Kee Hung Lai

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The rapidly growing industrial activities in emerging economies such as China have been causing resource depletion and pollution problems. This reality requires China to adopt an integrated management approach to resolve the conflict between industrial development and environmental protection, and the concept of circular economy (CE) serves this purpose. In this paper, we examine if different types of manufacturing enterprises on environmental-oriented supply chain cooperation (ESCC) exist. We also determine if the Chinese manufacturer types varying in ESCC differ in their implementation of the CE practices towards achieving the CE-targeted goals on improving both environmental and economic performance. Our cluster analytic results with multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) among the four identified types of Chinese manufacturers varying in environmental-oriented supply chain cooperation highlight the importance to intensify the cooperation with upstream and downstream supply chain partners for a CE initiative to succeed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1324-1331
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010


  • Chinese manufacturers
  • Circular economy
  • Empirical study
  • Environmental-oriented supply chain cooperation
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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