BMO-33806 Circular Entrepreneurship: Co-creating the circular economy

Code last year: (MST-33806)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work10
Excursion (one day)7
Course coordinator(s)W Nieuwstad
prof. dr. WA Dolfsma
Lecturer(s)dr. S Pascucci
R Bender
Examiner(s)prof. dr. WA Dolfsma
dr. EFM Wubben

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Assumed knowledge on:

The course requires basic knowledge on sustainability, environmental technology, supply chain management, and innovation management. Students are expected to have active knowledge at the level of courses such as ENP-20806 Environmental Management and Industry.


In this course we depart from the concept of Cradle to cradle (C2C) to develop a critical and interdisciplinary evaluation of sustainable solutions to design products, businesses and systems. In so doing we move from a product design to a system thinking approach, discussing how to transition into a circular economy. The course introduces students to:
- principles of C2C design; C2C as a certification and innovation process;
- circular business modelling for the implementation of C2C at project, organisation and system level;
- elements for facilitating transition into Circular Economy:
- personal development in the context of this transition: which skills are needed for circular leadership and entrepreneurship.
This course is also part of the Master Track Entrepreneurship. For more information see the Master Track Entrepreneurship webpage.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- identify circular economy guiding principles and DISTINGUISH them from linear economy principles;
- apply circular economy principles to concrete business cases;
- critically analyze relevant issues in order to develop a circular enterprise hereby selecting the most appropriate business modelling tools;
- evaluate the analysis and use of selected tools;
- assess your own skills needed to contribute to transitioning to a circular economy;
- create an innovative enterprise in your area of interest that fits in the circular economy.


- lectures;
- guest lectures;
- tutorials;
- group assignments.


- report of group assignments (80 %);
- presentation of group assignments (20 %);
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


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Restricted Optional for: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2AF
MBSBiobased SciencesMScC: Biobased and Circular Economy2AF