An industrial symbiosis simulation game: Evidence from the circular sustainable business development class

Luca Fraccascia*, Alessandra Sabato, Devrim Murat Yazan

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Abstract

This study presents the industrial symbiosis (IS) business game developed in the “circular sustainable business development” (CSBD) class at the University of Twente. The game was designed by the instructors to allow students to experience the strategic business dynamics of IS. Spreading knowledge regarding IS dynamics is fundamental for fostering circular business development and equipping students, “the managers of tomorrow,” with the skills of circular economic thinking. In this paper, the rules of the IS business game are presented along with the game settings. Further, the results of the gameplay are presented and discussed from a dual perspective, that is, through the theoretical lenses provided by the IS literature and the intended learning outcomes. Overall, we aim to spread this experience and the related results to promote teaching activities focused on IS.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of industrial ecology
Early online date11 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 11 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • business game
  • circular economy
  • industrial ecology
  • industrial symbiosis
  • sustainability
  • teaching

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