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Morphogenesis of Industrial Symbiotic Networks

Erika Džajić Uršič

The study deals with Industrial Symbiosis (IS), a term used to describe a network of diverse organizations that make use of different by-products to improve their facility to achieve common goals, improve environmental conditions or improve business and technical processes. Industrial symbiosis is understood as a technological material as well as a social relationship between so-called social actors, which are involved in the exchange of secondary resources.

The author proposes a model for the evaluation of the possibilities to establish such industrial symbiosis with a study benchmark of seven industrial symbiotic examples used to build a qualitative multi-criteria decision model for the evaluation of the industrial symbiotic network model. With the data obtained from the best-known industrial symbiotic cases in the world, the author examines the importance of social actors’ involvement in industrial symbiosis both in their industrial and non-industrial technological processes.

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Erika Džajic´ Uršicˇ holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Her research interests include Socio-economical factors of industrial symbiotic, computer intensive methods and applications, software modelling of industrial symbiotic networks, and the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods of industrial symbiotic networks analyses.

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