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Digitally Empowered Circular Economy: Business model and industrial innovation




By propelling innovation in processes, business models, products, services, industries, markets, and economies, Combinatorial Innovations, and Convergence of Technologies reshape the fabric of the economy and create waves of disruptive and enabling forces across all sectors. They give rise to the Emergence, Divergence, and Convergence of technologies, enable Business Model Innovation, and promote Digitally Empowered Industries. These trends drive and are driven by Digital Transformation and the Digital Economy, and provide groundbreaking solutions to tackle SDGs, promote Sustainable Competitiveness, and enable the transition to the Circular Economy 

This chapter is designed in five insightful sections to help the readers understand the potentials of the Enabling Technologies of Industry 4.0 in empowering Circular Industries and Business Models. Following an introduction on the above, this chapter dives deeper into how technologies integrate into industries and create new technologically empowered industries, such as FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech, MedTech, InsurTech, EdTech, SpaceTech, and many other xTech industries. These new industries open new markets and enable opportunities for innovation as they operate across sectors and interconnect several industries. Convergence of technologies such as Cloud, Big Data, AI, Analytics, Blockchain, Extended Reality, Digital Twins with Business Model Innovation create technologically empowered business models such as Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Solution as a Service, Analytics as a Service, Blockchain as a Service, AI as a Service, Light as a Service, Virtualization as a Service, Cybersecurity as a Service, IoT as a Service, and many more XaaS Business Models, a.k.a. Everything as a Service, that is explored in this chapter. xTech and XaaS are among major digitally empowered industries and business models that promote SDGs, Sustainable Competitiveness, and the circular economy.  

This chapter pinpoints the applications and implications of Digital Enablers of Industry 4.0 and highlights the pivotal role of Digitally Empowered Multistakeholder Ecosystems as predominant requirements to drive SDGs, Sustainable Competitiveness, and the circular economy 

Following a rigorous analysis of the above with examples and use cases, the final part of this chapter summarizes the discussions by providing Key Takeaways and Actionable Insights for researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, firms, industry and market leaders, and decision-makers to capitalize on a plethora of innovation opportunities emerging from the Convergence of Technologies, Combinatorial Innovations, and Digitally Empowered Circular Industries and Business Models. This chapter helps avant-garde thinkers, progressive leaders, and forward-looking decision-makers surf on the Emerging Trends of the Enabling Technologies of Industry 4.0 to capture their cutting-edge potentials and advance the Circular Economy imperative effectively and more efficiently while strengthening their innovation capacity and gaining unique competitive advantage. 


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