Enes Ünal

Enes Ünal




POLIMI - Milan


KTH – Stockholm



Contact information:

E-mail: enesunal52@gmail.com

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Dr. Enes Ünal is currently a Lecturer in Circular Economy & Innovation at the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) in Cranfield University, UK. C4D at Cranfield is an internationally recognized and award-winning centre of excellence for creative design, strategy and leadership. Enes has completed his PhD at Politecnico di Milano, School of Management under the European Doctorate in Industrial Management (EDIM) scheme.
Enes got his bachelor at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey with honours. He started working on the domain of innovation management, circular business models and entrepreneurship since 2011. In 2013, Enes had his MSc. degree in Global Innovation Management from Hamburg University of Technology and Strathclyde University (Glasgow) as a joint Erasmus Mundus degree with scholarship. Particularly, entrepreneurship and innovation management incorporating sustainability attracted his interest as he believes the goal of business should be geared towards social and environmental benefits besides economic benefits.
Enes has done research on Circular Business Model Innovation mostly with a focus on manufacturing industry. In particular, he studied the value creation and capture through circular economy oriented innovations. Enes has published many peer-reviewed scientific articles in well-known strategy and management journals. He recently started working on the synergy between Industry 4.0 and Circular Business Model Innovation. In addition, Enes works with companies in different industries who are willing to design circular business models, products and processes.


Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Ünal, E. & Shao, J., 2019. A Taxonomy of Circular Economy Implementation Strategies for Manufacturing Firms: Analysis of 391 Cradle-to-Cradle Products. Journal of Cleaner Production,
Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0959652618336941.
Journal Rank: Scopus Q1

Ünal, E., Urbinati, A. & Chiaroni, D., 2019. Managerial practices for designing circular economy business models. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, p.JMTM-02-2018-0061.
Available at: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/JMTM-02-2018-0061.
Journal Rank: Scopus Q1

Ünal, E. et al., 2019. Value Creation in Circular Business Models: The case of a US small medium enterprise in the building sector. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 146, pp.291–307.
Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S092134491830497X.
Journal Rank: Scopus Q1

Shao, J. & Ünal, E., 2019. What do consumers value more in green purchasing? Assessing the sustainability practices from demand side of business. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209, pp.1473–1483. Available at: https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S095965261833422X.
Journal Rank: Scopus Q1

Shao, J., Huang, S., Lemus, I. & Ünal, E., 2019. Circular Business Models Generation for Automobile Re-manufacturing Industry in China: Barriers and Opportunities. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Available at: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JMTM-02-2019-0076/full/html
Journal Rank: Scopus Q1

Conference Publications

Ünal, E., 2019. Circular Business Model Innovation within Industry 4.0: A Research Agenda. EURAM Conference: Exploring the Future of Management: Facts, Fashion and Fado, Lisbon

Ünal, E., Urbinati, A. & Chiaroni, D., 2018. Circular Industry 4.0: An Integrative Framework. EUROMA Conference: To Serve, to Produce and to Servitize in the Era of Networks, Big Data, and Analytics, Budapest

Ünal, E. et al. 2018, Circular economy in the building sector: analysis of a US case study, R&D Management Conference - R&Designing innovation, transformational challenges for organizations and society, Milan

Urbinati, A., Unal, E. and Chiaroni, D. 2018. Framing the Managerial Practices for Circular Economy Business Models: A Case Study Analysis, in Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering, Palermo

Ünal, E. & Shao, J., 2018. A Taxonomy of Circular Economy Implementation: Analysis of 391 Cradle-to-Cradle Products, Academy of Management Conference - Improving Lives, Chicago

Ünal, E. & Sinha, V., 2016. Do companies have competitive priorities on sustainability practices? Empirical Evidences from Cradle to Cradle Products. International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, Cologne

Ünal, E., 2016. The Relationship between Cradle to Cradle Practices, Innovation Performance and Quality Performance, ITM PhD Candidate Conference, KTH Stockholm


Ünal, E., 2019. Circular Business Model Innovation: From Theory to Practice, Politecnico di Milano, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering (PhD), Italy

Ünal, E., 2013. Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality. (In corporation with Hamburg University of Technology and Stracthclyde Univerity, Glasgow) Published in Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Theses: Adding pieces to the puzzle, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Current research:

- Circular Business Model Innovation
- Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy
- Design Driven Innovation for Circular Economy
- Innovation in Risk Management
- Entrepreneurship

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