DIF on AIR Circular Value Creation Architectures: The case of the Smartphone Industry

  • Speakers:
  • Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen, Ferdinand Revellio
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In this session, sneak behind the scenes to answer the question: how do firms actually coordinate activities towards the circular economy? Firms need to answer the key question of “make-or-buy”, i.e. whether to build internal capabilities or engage third party actors (e.g. repair operators). This session provides first hand insights from our case study in the smartphone industry covering circular activities of OEMs, telco operators, and loop operators in the areas of repair, reuse, remanufacture, and recycle. Join to discuss with a typology of circular value creation architectures, which will aim to help the audience to understand the complex actor constellations in a circular economy.

Find out more about Erik and Ferdinand's research on their ResearchGate project page, their 2017 technical report, and the Innovation Lab on Sustainable Smartphones website.

For more information on the Shiftphone, visit there website.


Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen

Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen


Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen is Full Professor and Head of the Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD) at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), Austria and Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. His research focuses on the management of sustainability-oriented, green tech, and circular innovations at the level of products, product-service systems, and business models. He is a member of the editorial board of Business Strategy and the Environment. He gained his doctoral degree at Technische Universität München, Germany

Ferdinand Revellio

Ferdinand Revellio

Research Associate

Ferdinand Revellio is a research associate at the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM), Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany and doctoral candidate at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. His research is located at the intersection of technology, sustainability and organizational science with a focus on circular strategies in the electronics industry. Ferdinand is an industrial engineer by training with experience in German engineering industry and received a master’s of science degree in sustainability science with a focus on sustainability management from Leuphana University.


Leo Nutter

Leo Nutter

Learning Innovation Coordinator

Leo has a background in Environmental Science, and has been with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as Learning Innovation Coordinator for over 2 years. In this his 3rd Disruptive Innovation Festival, Leo is overseeing global university engagement and the collection of key performance metrics.

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