Research seminar sustainability: The Circular Economy


  • Gain a deeper theoretical and empirical knowledge about current challenges at the intersection of sustainability, innovation, and quality management.
  • Be able to participate in ongoing discussions regarding sustainability management.
  • Understand the relevance of current research results for sustainability management.


Changing topics in the following subject areas:

  • Managing partnerships across the value chain
  • Innovation processes in the circular economy
  • Smart products as enabler for the circular economy
  • Environmental and quality management systems
  • Quality standards and certification systems in the context of a circular economy and sustainability

(KS) Environmental and quality management


(SE) Research Seminar Sustainability



Andres Alcayaga, MSc
Ferdinand Revellio, MSc



Entry requirements

JKU regular students must have completed the course Sustainability Management Fundamentals and the module “Sustainability Transition and Management Control” or “Sustainability Management and Organization”.



Teaching methods

We combine theoretical inputs, group work and feedback-based teaching accompanied by reflections and discussions on the selected challenges.

Assessment and Grading

  • Presentation,
  • Participating during the seminar (compulsory attendance),
  • Seminar Paper

Bachelor’s Thesis (old Curriculum Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaften)

Students pursuing the old curriculum can write a single / double (1 / 2 persons) Bachelor’s Thesis advancing the topic selected during the course (as formerly carried out at the modules “SE Umwelt- und Qualitätsmanagement” and “SE Umwelt- und Ressourcenmanagement”).

The Bachelor's Thesis will be only accepted in English language.

Basic Literature 

Alcayaga, A., Wiener, M., & Hansen, E. G. (2019). Towards a framework of smart-circular systems: An integrative literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 221, 622-634. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.085.

Hansen, E. G., & Revellio, F. (2020). Circular value creation architectures: Make, ally, buy, or laissez‐faire. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 24 (6), 1250–1273. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13016.

Hansen, E. G., Revellio, F., Schmitt, J., Schrack, D., Alcayaga, A, Dick, A. (November 2020). Successfully implementing a circular economy: the role of innovation, quality standards & digitalization. White paper. Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH, Vienna, Austria.

Hansen, E. G., & Schmitt, J. (2020). Orchestrating cradle‐to‐cradle innovation across the value chain: Overcoming barriers through innovation communities, collaboration mechanisms, and intermediation. Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13081.