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Data-Driven Approaches for Circular Economy in Manufacturing for Digital Technologies: A Review of Current Research and Proposed Framework

Version 1 : Received: 8 August 2018 / Approved: 8 August 2018 / Online: 8 August 2018 (05:31:47 CEST)

How to cite: Okorie, O.; Salonitis, K.; Charnley, F.; Moreno, M.; Turner, C.; Tiwari, A. Data-Driven Approaches for Circular Economy in Manufacturing for Digital Technologies: A Review of Current Research and Proposed Framework. Preprints 2018, 2018080159 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0159.v1). Okorie, O.; Salonitis, K.; Charnley, F.; Moreno, M.; Turner, C.; Tiwari, A. Data-Driven Approaches for Circular Economy in Manufacturing for Digital Technologies: A Review of Current Research and Proposed Framework. Preprints 2018, 2018080159 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201808.0159.v1).

Abstract

The Circular Economy has been of growing significance within academic, policymaking and industry groups. Latest developments in the field of Circular Economy has led to an expansion of CE studies focused on interrogating CE as a paradigm, its relationship with sustainability and concepts and definitions of the Circular Economy. Research has also identified the significant potential of applying circular approaches to areas of the economy, including manufacturing and Industry 4.0, which, with data, is enabling latest the advances in digital technologies. This is the first review paper to integrate the fields of CE and digital technologies resulting in a framework which provides directions for policymakers and guidance for future research. To achieve this, we conduct a systematic literature review of the empirical literature related to digital technologies, industry 4.0 and circular approaches, from the point of the 9 Rs. The systematic literature review (SLR) is based on peer-reviewed articles published between 2000-2018. The findings reveal that while research on the circular economy has been on an annual rise, research on digital technologies enabled circular economy is still relatively an untouched area of research across all nine (9) circular approaches. As such this is an area rife for further research. This paper also presents illustrative charts and graphs to summarize the current trends in circular economy research in manufacturing. From this, a framework for future circular economy research for manufacturing for digital technologies is proposed.

Subject Areas

circular economy; industry 4.0; data; 9R’s; digital technologies; digital intelligence

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