The aim of TPS B3 on circular economy practices in organizations is to identify the levers, resources, initiatives and tools that promote the integration and consideration of circularity in companies and organizations.

Examples of Research Questions and Issues

  • How can organizations improve circularity?
  • How can organizations be supported in transitioning towards more circular business models?
  • What are the barriers and drivers for implementing circular economy in organizations?
  • What are the planning, coordination, monitoring, and measurement tools for the circular strategy of organizations?
  • How to evaluate the economic benefits associated with circular initiatives? What are the potential undesirable effects (rebound effects, displacement of impacts, etc.) of circular business models?
  • What is the adoption potential of business models such as collaborative economy or functional economy?
  • How to encourage and support eco-design of products and services in companies (SMEs, large enterprises, etc.)?
  • How to optimize product and service design to enhance conservation and circularity of natural resources, material resources and energy resources?
  • How to measure the level of circularity achieved through eco-design of products and services?
  • How to optimize operations and logistics along the value chain?

Steering Committee

B3 focusing on organizational practices of circular economy is led by a team of six researchers. They are responsible for proposing the directions of B3 and represent a diversity of research in circular economy on the organizational theme.

Hicham El Yousfi

Ph.D., Professor at Université Mohamed V (Morocco)

Marc Journeault

Ph.D., CPA, MBA, Professor at Université Laval and co-head of Axis 2

Mathias Glaus

ing., Ph.D., Professor at ÉTS and co-head of Axis 3

François Labelle

Ph.D., Professor at UQTR

Guillaume Pain

Ph.D., Professor at Université Laval

Rafael Ziegler

Ph.D., Professor at HEC Montréal

Mobilized Experts

In addition to the steering committee members, the experts from B3 are also included. Regularly mobilized to provide their perspectives and expertise, they contribute to broadening the representation of organizational diversity and pushing forward reflections on the theme of organizational circularity.

Getting involved in B3

Do you wish to participate in B3 activities? Is the organizational approach to circular economy related to your interests and research work?


B3 Activities

Projects Led by B3

The steering committee of B3 identifies directions and coordinates research projects to advance knowledge. You can get involved in these projects at any time by expressing your interest via the form.

Inventory of existing tools for organizations

The objective of this project is to complement the inventory of tools developed by Rafael Ziegler at HEC Montréal in the specific context of cooperatives, in order to more broadly integrate tools for organizations.

Do you want to get involved in this project? Choose B3 in the form:

Literature review on the integration and implementation of circularity in businesses and organizations

This project aims to provide an initial overview of organizational circularity by focusing on the drivers, means, initiatives, and tools that promote the integration and consideration of circularity in businesses and organizations.

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Other Initiatives Related to B3

Projects funded by the RRECQ
  • Simplification and adaptation of material flow cost accounting (MFCA) for SMEs (Project led by Marc Journeault) > Discover
  • Open data analysis for a circular business model for entrepreneurs (Project led by Cécile Fonrouge) > Discover
  • Analysis and optimization of networking and energy co-product recovery opportunities in Bécancour’s industrial park and port (Project led by Jean-Marc Frayret) > Discover
  • The activist entrepreneur: profiles and inventories of circular demands and actions (Project led by Cécile Fonrouge) > Discover
  • Circular economy and cooperation – exploring three related approaches (cooperatives, commons and the tree of cooperation) for a just and sustainable economy (Project led by Rafael Ziegler) > Discover
  • Democratic and participatory governance models in social economy and sustainability in circular economy (Project led by Martine Vézina) > Discover
  • Sustainable interorganizational collaboration: role and contribution to the transition to the circular economy (Project led by Anne-Marie Corriveau) > Discover
  • Sustainable design of closed-loop supply chains using Industry 4.0 technologies: A data-driven optimization approach towards the circular economy (Project led by Armin Jabbarzadeh) > Discover
  • Development of an advanced data analytics tool to optimize the performance of a connected, circular and sustainable supply chain (Project led by Tasseda Boukherroub) > Discover
  • Circular transition in Quebec: Learning and trial and error in SME involvement (Project led by Guillaume Pain) > Discover
  • Circular Economy at the Heart of Office Furniture Conception: Towards Furniture Reuse Within the Industry (Project led by Houssein Awada) > Discover
  • SME Circularity Index – 4.0 (Project led by François Labelle) > Discover
  • Towards the Development of a Sustainable and Circular Economy Strategy for Waste Smartphone Glass – A Novel Remanufacturing Approach for E-waste Valorization (Project led by Lucas Hof)
Projects led by the experts


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The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
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