Living Labs for Product Circularity: Learnings from the ‘Innovation Network aiming at Sustainable Smartphones’

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Adopting the concept of a circular economy at a product level requires firms to rethink their business model and collaborate with partners across their value chain. Reaching product circularity through closing, slowing, and narrowing resource loops can be understood as a systems innovation, which calls for transdisciplinary research approaches. This paper presents insights from the ‘Innovation Network aiming at Sustainable Smartphones’ (INaS) located at the authors’ institute. INaS is a living lab that brings together actors from the entire smartphone value chain to co-create circular product and service innovations. We contribute to researchand practice with a process framework for leveraging partnerships through living labs for product circularity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLATE – Product lifetimes and the environment : 3rd PLATE Conference, September 18–20, 2019 Berlin, Germany
EditorsNils F. Nissen, Melanie Jaeger-Erben
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherUniversitätsverlag der TU Berlin
Publication date2021
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7983-3125-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event3rd PLATE Conference - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 18.09.201920.09.2019
Conference number: 3