Product reuse economics in closed-loop supply chain research

Atalay Atasu, V. Daniel R. Guide, Luk N. Van Wassenhove

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This paper provides a critical review of analytic research on the business economics of product reuse inspired by industrial practice. Insights and critical assumptions are provided for each paper. We further classify the research into four streams: industrial engineering/operations research, design, strategy, and behavioral, and present a framework linking these streams. We find that some modeling assumptions risk being institutionalized, and suggest a renewed exploration of industrial practice. Future research should also include empirical work on consumer behavior, product diffusion, and valuation of returns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-496
Number of pages14
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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