Andrea Urbinati

Andrea Urbinati
Carlo Cattaneo University LIUC | liuc · School of Industrial Engineering

Ph.D. in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Director of the Center on Technological Innovation and Circular Economy at LIUC Business School

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Introduction
Andrea Urbinati, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Strategy & Business Design at the School of Industrial Engineering of LIUC Università Cattaneo (LIUC), Italy, and Director of the Center on Technological Innovation and Circular Economy at LIUC Business School, the School of Management of LIUC. His research interests are in the fields of circular economy, business model design, and technological innovation.

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The circular economy (CE) has been lauded as a path enabling more environmentally sustainable economic growth for diverse industrial companies, requiring them to design and implement circular business models (CBMs). A CE widens a company's perspective to include supply chains when adopting and implementing a CBM; however, the intersection of CBMs a...
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Collaboration between research and industry is fundamental for technology innovation. Most existing research in this domain has focused on the drivers or enabling factors that lead to the success of such collaboration. On the contrary, the lack of information about collaboration failures in research-industry settings still represents one of the mai...
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The current fast fashion model fostering high consumption causes consequential damages to the planet and society, facts that highlight the need to curtail its growth throughout more sustainable solutions. Among these solutions is engaging fashion customers in Product-Service Systems (PSSs), which are oriented towards dematerializing fashion consump...
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The purpose of this work is to highlight how companies operating in the building industry design a circular business model (CBM) and how collaborative relationships across the building supply chain enforce this CBM. Thereby, first, based on the literature, a framework is designed, and subsequently, is validated based on the historical analysis of t...
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The concept of circular economy (CE) has gained prominence in management research as a new industrial approach that society, companies, and policymakers should follow in aiming to manage for sustainability issues. The adoption of CE principles has highlighted particular managerial practices that companies can implement in their business models. How...
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The importance of digital innovation is widely acknowledged among managers and scholars alike. However, its actual conceptual treatment in academic research is not necessarily clear or precise. Most research considers digital innovation as the final result of adopting digital technologies, such as new products, processes, services, or business mode...
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The circular business model has recently emerged as a new research field in the Circular Economy literature to call scholars and practitioners in strategic and innovation management for analyzing the transition of companies from a linear to a circular model. Among the several managerial practices put in place by companies to undertake this transiti...
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In the last years, circular economy has represented one of the most‐debated topics in management research. Although the understanding of this industrial paradigm has significantly improved over the last decade, a number of important research questions still remain unanswered. Among them, the design process of business model through which establishe...
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The interest about Research Spin-Offs (RSOs) has constantly increased since the last fifteen years and their number is augmenting all over Europe. RSOs are also expected to not escape from the consequences of the digital revolution. But the potential impact of digital technologies on academic entrepreneurship is actually an under-researched field o...
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The debate on retrofit of buildings has flourished in recent years and it has raised the interest of a growing number of researchers and practitioners. However, current research still lacks a holistic and systemic approach for measuring building retrofitting. The paper presents the results of a systematic literature review on the current state‐of‐t...
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L’implementazione dell’Economia Circolare nelle imprese impone una riflessione su come si debbano ridefinire le strategie di competizione, le attività di sviluppo di nuovi prodotti e servizi, le strategie di distribuzione e le logiche di promozione e engagement dei clienti, così come i processi di logistica inversa, al fine di permettere la re-immi...
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Research stream on Circular Business Models has recently emerged within the management research to address the concept of Circular Economy from a business model perspective. Several studies in this stream have identified and analyzed a set of managerial practices that can be adopted by companies to design Circular Business Models. However, current...
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Purpose In recent years, companies have started to open up their Research and Development (R&D) and their innovation activities to external partners. They aim to access new resources and capabilities and to gain shorter time-to-markets. However, as several studies have shown, it can be difficult to manage collaborative (open) innovation projects to...
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Circular economy has recently emerged as an alternative industrial paradigm to the traditional “take, make, dispose” economic model, with the aim to promote more sustainable resource consumption patterns and production processes. However, more empirical research is needed to address the topic of how circular economy is adopted in practice by compan...
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Circular business model has recently emerged as a new paradigm in the circular economy research to call scholars and practitioners operating in the strategic and innovation management fields for analyzing the transition of companies from a linear to a circular business model. Among the several managerial practices that top managers can perform to a...
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Investire rapidamente in iniziative di sostenibilità ambientale e di economia circolare può rappresentare una delle principali strategie per aumentare la capacità di ripresa post Covid-19. In un momento di forte discontinuità come quella in cui siamo stati catapultati, e in cui è chiara a tutti l’importanza di salvaguardare la “salute” dei territor...
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Guided by a technological revolution, widely discussed paradigms as servitization and Circular Economy (CE) are progressively pushing manufacturers towards delivering increasingly complex solutions. Design plays a strategic role in this sense, either considering products, services or Product-Service Systems (PSSs). Concurrent engineering and, speci...
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The paper focuses on virtual brand community (VBC) as new management tool for open innovation. Existing research on the intersection between brand communities and innovation management shows how the knowledge of the brand communities’ members and their engagement in product-related discussions represent a relevant source of innovation for the compa...
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Digital technologies are bringing a wide spectrum of business opportunities as well as significant organizational challenges for incumbent companies operating in traditional industries such as the energy one. The diffusion of new technologies is changing the way energy solutions are consumed and experienced, while consumers increasingly take owners...
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The debate about Circular Economy (CE) has been increasingly enriched by academics through a vast array of contributions, based on several theoretical perspectives and emanating from several research domains. However, current research still falls short of providing a holistic and broader view of CE, one that combines existing themes and emerging re...
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The concept of circular economy is increasingly receiving attention in different domains, including strategic management, operations management, and technology management. It requires companies to design their business model (i.e., the value network, the relationships with the supply chain partners, and the value propositions towards customers) aro...
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The adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies has become particularly important nowadays for companies in order to optimize their production processes and organizational structures. However, companies sometimes find it difficult to develop a strategic plan that innovates their current business model and develops an Industry 4.0 vision. To overcome the...
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The increase of human incidence on the environment, in addition to a sharply depletion of resources and raw materials, is fostering the adoption of circular economy practices, at micro (company), meso (industrial) level and macro (country) level. From a company standpoint, the implementation of circular principles implies the capability to innovate...
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework that highlights the phases and procedures that ought to be followed by companies to embrace circular business models (CBMs). In doing so, the paper shows how companies are facilitated in circular economy (CE) implementation by building collaborative relationships across the phases of the...
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Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and Circular Economy (CE) are undoubtedly two of the most debated topics of the last decades. Progressively, they gained the interest of policymakers, practitioners and scholars all over the world. Even if they have been usually described as two independent research fields, there are some examples presenting overlaps between the...
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The aim of this paper is to study what managerial practices companies follow and implement in their business model to manage the introduction of Circular Products. Extensively screening extant literature in the field, we clustered a set of relevant managerial practices in four main principles of Circular Economy (CE) adoption at the product level:...
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Circular Economy (CE) represents a new industrial paradigm aimed to overcome traditional systems of production and resources consumption. Within the increasing debate among scholars and practitioners on how putting into practice CE, the research still falls short to deepen the managerial practices that companies implement to introduce circular prod...
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Circular Economy (CE) represents a new industrial paradigm aimed to overcome traditional linear systems of production and resources consumption. Within the increasing debate among scholars and practitioners on how putting into practice CE, the research is still struggling in deepening the managerial practices that companies have to adopt to design...
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Circular Economy has become a relevant topic in the strategic management field as it requires companies design their business model, i.e., the value network, the relationship with the supply chain partners and the value propositions towards customers, for a more sustainable consumption of resource and economic growth. However, extant research still...
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Blockchain is becoming a widespread digital technology that allows every transaction to be tracked in an inviolable way, hence making it possible to go back through the entire history of products and product components. Its idiosyncratic characteristics can be especially useful in the aircraft industry, a highly technologically-based sector, wherei...
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Nata in Germania come iniziativa strategica, l’espressione “Industria 4.0” si è ormai diffusa a livello globale, denotando caratteristiche che richiamano una quarta rivoluzione industriale, in grado di migliorare le condizioni di lavoro e la qualità dei processi, nonché la produttività delle imprese. Dalla letteratura di riferimento emerge come, al...
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Born in Germany as a “strategic initiative”, the expression Industry 4.0 has now spread globally, assuming the characteristics of an incipient "fourth industrial revolution", able to improve working conditions and the quality of the processes, as well as the productivity of companies. The relevant literature highlights how, within a broader process...
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A circular business model represents a holistic system of co-evolving managerial practices for collective value creation, delivery and capture, which provide solutions for sustainable development. Previous research on circular business models aimed to understand value creation mostly in terms of a single managerial practice or in a relatively isol...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the managerial practices that companies can implement in order to design a circular economy business model and how companies can create and capture value from a circular economy business model. Design/methodology/approach The paper adopts a single case study methodology with semi-structured inter...
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Innovation scholars have long studied how and why new products and services diffuse into the market following trajectories such as the S-curve and in accordance with epidemic, social, and information cascade models. However, we see today many new products and services, especially those enabled by digital technologies, which do not seem to fit the a...
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Big Data has emerged recently as a new digital paradigm, one that companies adopts in order to both transform existing business models and nurture their innovation activity. The peculiarities of Big Data applications span different fields such as customer need identification, risk management and decision-making, data-driven knowledge, product and s...
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The interest about Research spin-offs (RSOs) has constantly increased since the last fifteen years on average, as their number is augmenting all over Europe and, consequently, several academic debates about the effective success, convincing strategy, and real performance of this peculiar kind of start-up company are open and arouse tricky questions...
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The research stream on circular economy business model tries to investigate the managerial practices that companies need to implement in their business model to address the principles of circular economy. Several studies have highlighted two main dimensions of business model on which companies can leverage to implement circular economy principles....
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Both in theory and practice Circular Economy and Industry 4.0 have been historically considered as isolated mechanisms for economic growth, although some scientific contributions have recently highlighted strong synergetic relationships between them. Despite the existence of roadmaps for sustainable operations in Circular Economy through Industry 4...
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Innovation scholars have paid special attention on the managerial approaches that incumbents should adopt to promptly respond to the emergence of disruptive innovations. These approaches include, among the others, the use of open innovation or the establishment of ambidextrous organizations. However, this body of research has not analyzed how incum...
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Circular economy business models have undoubtedly become a hot topic nowadays both in academia and among industrial practitioners and companies. In this paper, we focus on the product design practices that can be conceived in circular economy business models along two major dimensions: (i) the value network, i.e. the ways through which companies in...
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Circular economy has become a hot topic for scholars and practitioners as it represents a new industrial paradigm for waste generation, resource scarcity and sustainable economic growth that aims to overcome open systems paradigms, based on the traditional make, take, and disposal process. Whereas this issue has posed a lot of attention to the poli...
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In the last years, digital transformation has enabled a large proliferation of digital technologies that companies can use to support their innovation activity. This proliferation has triggered existing innovation management research to pay particular attention to the theoretical perspectives and research domains that address this issue in companie...
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Digital transformation has undoubtedly become a key enabler of innovation as evidenced by the numerous firms that use digital technologies to manage their innovation processes. This issue is even more relevant today when innovation processes have become more open and require greater resources in the different implementation phases to capture and tr...
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Innovation and change represent a necessary response to the challenges that new technologies pose to the electricity production sector, forcing producers to come up with new solutions and models of production, enabled by innovations in telecommunications and digital technologies, which allow the integration of service components into the utilities’...
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Circular Economy has undoubtedly become one of the hot topics in public debates about new and more sustainable industrial paradigms and strategies. In this respect, the fashion of Circular Economy is in the fact that it aims at overcoming the dominant linear take, make, disposal economy model, i.e. “a traditional open-ended economy model developed...
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Digital innovation can play a critical role in delivering more innovative solutions for the power generation industry, which is called to manage the complexity of massive electro-mechanical machines to produce energy. Building on a single case study of a large European technology company (the " Provider ") which sells Product Life Cycle Management...
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Innovation scholars and practitioners are discussing at length on the use of digital technologies in the innovation process of companies. Most of them have paid special attention on the use of digital technologies to deploy or evolve systems for managing the life cycle of products or services, accelerate their realization, and pursuing them to reac...
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In the last years, management scholars have looked into the phenomenon of disruptive innovation, mostly focusing on the characteristics that identify a disruptive innovation and on the managerial solutions that incumbent firms should adopt to respond to the threat of a disruptive innovation. However, studying the characteristics of the context in w...
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Circular economy implies profound changes in companies’ business model to gain competitive advantage and mostly in the value network dimension. Notwithstanding, the supply chain management field has poorly focused on the role played by the value network to allow companies’ shift towards sustainable supply chains. This deserves particular attention...
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The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the most recent and relevant studies in the growing body of research on innovation in family firms, constituting a ubiquitous form of governance around the world. Moreover, we develop a framework grounded in the search and recombination view of the innovation process with the aim of providing a p...
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Digital transformation has undoubtedly become a key enabler of innovation as evidenced by the numerous firms that use digital technologies to manage their innovation processes. This issue is even more relevant today when innovation processes have become more open and require greater resources and capabilities in the different implementation phases...
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Circular Economy has undoubtedly become one of the hot topics, particularly in Europe, in public debates about new and more sustainable industrial paradigms needed for giving a boost to a post-crisis economy. In this respect, the fashion of Circular Economy is in the fact that it aims at overcoming the dominant linear take, make, disposal model. A...
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Innovation scholars have long studied how and why innovations diffuse in the market following determined trajectories, such as the S-curve or the Bell-curve (Tarde, 1903; Ryan & Gross, 1943; Rogers, 1962; Shilling, 2005). However, we see today many new products and services – especially those enabled by digital technologies – that do not seem to fi...
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Innovation scholars have long looked into the managerial practices that incumbents should adopt to promptly respond to disruptive innovations (see, e.g., Christensen, 1997; Birkinshaw and Gibson, 2004). These practices include, among the others, the use of an open innovation approach or the establishment of ambidextrous organizations. However, this...