Transitioning to the Circular Economy

July 1, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich

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Episode Description

The circular economy is centered on deploying a closed loop system focused on productivity, reuse, product longevity, waste elimination and prevention, and overall sustainability. William Ulrich and his guest, Walter R. Stahel, will be discussing the rise of the circular economy and its past, present and future impact on organizations. Walter’s latest book is titled “The Circular Economy – A User’s Guide”. The episode will outline the differences between the linear economy and the circular economy. The discussion will consider the motivations that drive corporations, governments and other institutions to invest in the transition to the circular economy and how those organizations can begin or expedite that transition. William and Walter will also discuss factors that can help streamline the transition, including alignment with existing and future business models. In keeping with the overall theme of the North Star, the episode will explore how organizations can craft and deploy business strategies that align to or support the transition to the circular economy. Finally, William and his guest will examine how well this transition is going and what progress can be made over the next few years as the topic becomes increasingly relevant to organizations around the globe.

The North Star

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The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

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William Ulrich

William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.

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