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Accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy


Leading figures from business and academia met at the Faculty of Management and Law to explore new sources of competitive advantage via the circular economy business model.

The event, which took place at on Thursday 16 February 2017, is part of a regular series of Deans' Dinners hosted by Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law.

Professor Irani was joined by and Professor Stuart Roper: leading academics on the circular economy and marketing respectively. They hosted discussions on how we can accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

Representatives from a range of leading businesses, including Ideo, Yorkshire Water, Transport for the North, Grant Thornton, Deloitte, and Morrisons were in attendance, with guests flying in from Madrid, Paris and Milan.

Attendees heard about the University’s recent Global Pioneer circular economy research and unique educational programme, and explored the strategic opportunities for circular value for businesses.

About the circular economy

The circular economy is a business model which is able to generate business profit and economic growth, radically increase resource productivity whilst also regenerating, rather than depleting natural capital.

The Faculty of Management and Law runs the world's only MBA focused on the circular economy and an on-line executive programme to global businesses, city leaders and innovation companies. To date we have over 100 MBA students and 1000 delegates through our executive education course. We also conduct internationally significant research on the business case for a circular economy.

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