Adoption of Circular Economy by Construction Industry SMEs: Organisational Growth Transition Study

Iniobong Beauty John, Samuel A. Adekunle, Clinton O. Aigbavboa

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A megatrend in the business environment poised at practically entrenching sustainability while ensuring global business competitiveness is viewed as a circular economy. At the firm level, circular economy practices distinguish firms for excellent product and service delivery, thus ensuring competitive advantage. The construction firm of the future will practice circular economy while adopting sustainable technology. This study is focused on assessing organisational growth transition among small and medium construction enterprises. A quantitative approach was adopted and structured questionnaires were administered among SME construction firms. The findings reveal the critical factors affecting organisational growth and transition in achieving a circular economy include availability of logistics infrastructure and firm’s market share, among others. Factor analysis indicated PCA extractions showing the component’s rotation indicating four structure components in the variables. The study named the four clusters required for achieving organisational growth transition as: firm positioning for competitive advantage, personnel management, service delivery and government policy and support. The study provides a foundation for other organisational growth transition studies stemming from circular economy adoption among construction industry SMEs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5929
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • SMEs
  • circular economy
  • competitive advantage
  • construction firms
  • developing countries
  • organisational growth transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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