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A Systematic Literature Review of Bio, Green and Circular Economy Trends in Publications in the Field of Economics and Business Management

Valeria Ferreira Gregorio (), Laia Pié () and Antonio Terceño ()
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Valeria Ferreira Gregorio: Markets and Financial Analysis Research Group, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43205 Reus, Spain
Laia Pié: Markets and Financial Analysis Research Group, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43205 Reus, Spain
Antonio Terceño: Markets and Financial Analysis Research Group, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 43205 Reus, Spain

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 11, 1-39

Abstract: The concepts of bioeconomy, green economy and circular economy share the common objective of developing a sustainable economy, and they attract enormous political, academic, social and business interest. However, an analysis of these concepts in the fields of economics and business management is lacking. The objective of this article is to classify the publications on these topics by subject of study, to analyse trends in publications and to guide researchers interested in selecting articles. The review was performed using Scopus for the period 1960 to 2017. Four hundred and forty-nine publications were obtained and classified into 17 categories. The results show that the existing literature is rich in analysing implemented policies and issues related to the strategies and organizational models of companies looking for a more sustainable path, and research in China and the European Union is highlighted. However, there is still a long way to go in researching implemented case studies and evaluating the economic impact of these concepts. For this to happen, the need to promote, encourage and support companies to implement cleaner production and approach a more sustainable path must be prioritised. Possible gaps in current research that allow future lines of work are also identified.

Keywords: systematic literature review; bioeconomy; green economy; circular economy; bibliometric analysis; sustainability management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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