Information Technology and Systems in China's Circular Economy: Implications for Sustainability

41 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008

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Joseph Sarkis

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Foisie Business School

Hanmin Zhu

Wuhan University of Science and Technology - School of Management

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

The information technology (IT) and IT products industry has become the essential "first pillar" industry and an important force behind the growth of China's national economy. However, information technology-related electrical and electronic waste has also caused a considerable environmental burden to China. This paper focuses on the developing circular economy (CE) policy within China and its relationship to China's IT and IT products industry. We introduce a comprehensive framework of CE in China using three categories of CE innovations: technical innovation, organizational innovation, and institutional innovation. We provide insights into how IT and IT related systems influence and are influenced within each of these CE categories. Implications for research are also presented.

Keywords: Information Technology Industry, Circular Economy, Ecological Modernization, China, Environment, Business

JEL Classification: A13, M1, M14, O14, O33, P2, P21, Q28, Q38

Suggested Citation

Sarkis, Joseph and Zhu, Hanmin, Information Technology and Systems in China's Circular Economy: Implications for Sustainability (February 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1122865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1122865

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Hanmin Zhu

Wuhan University of Science and Technology - School of Management ( email )

Wuhan
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