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Prototyping digital circular business ecosystems

To accelerate circular transformation and harness the potential of digitalisation, organisations need to jointly address innovation in the business ecosystem. The project focuses on the construction and recycling industries, where circular value propositions can create major climate benefits, but where ecosystem formation is uncharted territory.

The project, which gathers five partners from industry and research, uses a prototyping approach to investigate innovation and organisational models in business ecosystems as companies move to data-driven circular business models. The work is done through intervention cycles of activities addressing systems analysis, needs analysis and creative prototyping through design methodology.

By generating new empirical knowledge on how collaborating actors can find new principles and strategies for innovation management at the ecosystem level, the project is expected to result in new insights in innovation management and organisation across organisational boundaries. The project contributes to methodological development for circular transformation with insights into how to apply design thinking and the concept of ecosystem as structure during such change processes. The project supports relationship and network building between key actors in the sector.




Project name

Prototyping digital circular ecosystems



RISE role in project

coordinator, project leader, process leader

Project start


2 years

Total budget

1,8 MSEK


Ragn Sells Recycling AB, NCC Sverige AB, Vasakronan AB, Stockholm School of Economics



Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
Lisa Carlgren

Contact person

Lisa Carlgren

Senior Researcher/Senior Forskare

+46 73 754 68 75

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