English | Spanish | Portuguese

Dec 13, 2022 - Feb 14, 2023
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Course Length
9 weeks
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By shifting your organization to a Circular Economy, you can ensure growth over time while treating waste as a design flaw. In a Circular Economy, a specification for any design is that the materials reenter the economy at the end of their use, therefore increasing profits while ensuring sustainability, longevity, and societal wellbeing. By doing this, we take the outdated linear system and make it circular with increased resiliency for the environment and business infrastructure. 


This course provides a fundamental yet multidimensional understanding of the meaning and evolution of a circular economy, including the roles of material science, economic and institutional structures, and technology. We will begin with a global perspective of circularity and its measurement and assessment at this scale, carefully comparing and contrasting biotic and abiotic cycles. We will then look at circular economies through a systems approach, examining frameworks and policy at an institutional level and making use of analytical tools that allow us to evaluate circularity. Finally, we will explore innovation and evolution in this area with a focus on circular economies at corporate and social levels, looking at specific examples like water, metals, and waste recycling. 

When you enroll in this course, you will receive a complimentary copy of Prof. Olivier de Weck’s eTextbook, Technology Roadmapping and Development: A Quantitative Approach to the Management of Technology. The book complements the Management of Technology: Roadmapping & Development course by detailing topics regarding principles, methods, and tools of technology management for organizations and technologically enabled systems. Find more information about the book here.


In the Circular Economy course, you will understand the foundations of circular economy and how you can apply it in your organization. Further, you will: 

  • Define the different ways of reaching a circular economy through technology and material science and how to quantify circularity. 
  • Develop strategies for a more equitable distribution of costs and benefits.
  • Determine institutional and economic structures and policies that enable the possibility of a circular economy policy. 
  • Explore successful and unsuccessful case studies in sustainability and circular economies. 
  • Further apply the importance of recycling plastics and electronics to tackle environmental concerns and e-waste. 
  • Gain an understanding of how material transport plays an influential role in sustainability. 
  • Study the circular economy lifecycle and apply the best energy alternatives for circular economies. 
  • Uncover the importance of co-mingled waste.

A wide range of professionals may benefit from this program, including: 

  • Industry leaders in sustainability, managers and engineers in companies that want to be more sustainable, academics and policy leaders in sustainability 
  • Industry analysts and investors 
  • Climate Consortium  
  • Industries and sectors that are very materials-intensive 
  • Managerial level audience (every industry including finance)  
  • Major companies in English-speaking, Spanish-speaking, and Portuguese-speaking markets 
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