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Wageningen University

Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy

Wageningen University via edX MicroMasters


The world is moving from a linear ‘cradle-to-grave’ economy to a more sustainable circular ‘cradle-to-cradle’ economy. In this new world, it’s critical to determine if alternative (biobased) resources have the potential to become economically viable sustainable sources for the production of high value food and materials, feed and energy. This requires the development of feasible biobased business strategies and the skills to apply these strategies to operations and logistics. Companies that want to succeed in this industry must be prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

This MicroMasters programme consists of three courses and a capstone. The courses will teach you about the basics of biobased materials/natural resources and their conversion to useful products and services. This will help you to understand and evaluate strategic, technological, and operational aspects of running a biobased business and therefore understand the dynamics in biobased business investments and the factors that influence them. You will learn to design and evaluate biobased supply (and value) chains using quantitative methods.

In the final course you will perform a capstone project in which you apply the knowledge from all courses to your own business case, which gives you the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the field of biobased business and operations.

Completion of this MicroMasters programme in Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy will provide you with knowledge and tools to analyze the business and operations sides of the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources. Upon earning the programme certificate, you will be able to contribute substantially to managerial decision-making, as well as deal with issues regarding supply chain management and planning.

Subscribe now to this MicroMasters programme and learn how to implement natural resource/biobased resource business models and seize this economic opportunity that lies ahead!


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Circular Economy: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Join the transition towards a circular economy considering economic, supply chain, social, technical, managerial and environmental aspects.

Course 2: From Fossil Resources to Biomass: A Chemistry Perspective

Explore how to create a sustainable future by moving away from dependence on fossil resources to biomass resources for the production of food, chemicals and energy-carriers. Discover how to use microorganisms and catalysts to create biobased products.

Course 3: Business Strategy and Operations in a Biobased Economy

Lead your company to make the switch to biobased resources and build a profitable sustainable business. Learn how to deal with the many strategic and operational challenges facing a companyin the biobased and circular economy.

Course 4: Capstone Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy

This capstone project is the final part of the MicroMasters® Program Business and Operations for a Circular Bio-Economy. Interdisciplinarity is central in this part, linking the various sections in this MicroMasters Program.


Taught by

Maria Barbosa, Jan Vreeburg, Jacqueline Bloemhof, Jos Bijman, Argyris Kanellopoulos, Dmytro Krushynskyi, Kim Poldner, David Strik, Alistair Beames, Gert Jan Hofstede, Harry Bitter, Corjan van den Berg, Paul Struik, Elinor Scott, Emiel Wubben and Renzo Akkerman


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