BMO-33806 Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper0
Group work10
Excursion (one day)7
Course coordinator(s)R Bender
prof. dr. WA Dolfsma
Lecturer(s)N Salimi
Examiner(s)prof. dr. WA Dolfsma

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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 develop a critical and interdisciplinary evaluation of sustainable solutions to product design, business and systems. In doing so, 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 circular product development and understanding its innovation process; 
- circular business modelling at project, organisation and circular economy / system level;
- understand and evaluate elements for facilitating transition to a circular economy;
- personal development in the context of this transition: which skills are needed for leadership and entrepreneurship in a circular economy?
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;
- individual paper
- group assignments.


- report of group assignments (70%);
- individual reflection paper (20%);
- presentation of group assignments (10%);
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


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Restricted Optional for: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2AF
MBSBiobased SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Biobased and Circular Economy2AF