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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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Tab. 2.1: The history of the development of industrial symbiosis. Source: Christensen (2004); Almasi et al. (2011, 9)

Tab. 5.1: View of physical, organizational, and social aspects and measurements of coloured attributes. Source: Authors’ own calculations 2018

Tab. 5.2: DEX model tree, scale attributes, and short description of attributes. Source: Authors’ own calculations in DEXi 2018

Tab. 6.1: DEX model and evaluation of seven industrial symbiotic cases. Source: Authors’ own calculation in DEXi 2018

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