The facilitating partners were found to be central in the case of GDCI.
Through Gephi® analysis, it was proved that the efficiency of the GDCI network
suffered after eliminating the facilitating partners. In any partnership to be
successful, there have to be a/several stable and central entities that attract
partners and also act as the link between different partners who may not be
directly in contact. This is often best achieved by a Government agency due to
their central role, resourcefulness and unbiased nature. Thus, to achieve
Circular economy through GDCI, the role of the facilitating partners,
especially the Governmental agencies, is crucial.
The actors in GDCI can join the partnership voluntarily if they intend
to set up two pilot projects that practice circular procurement. This way of
attracting people to set up pilots is desirable since the partners are not
imposed upon or forced into the partnership and also this encourages
entrepreneurs to set up businesses due to the support of a growing knowledge
The collaborative advantage of a knowledge sharing partnership like GDCI
is clear. The partners gain invaluable insights into the circular market and
also learns from the experience of others directly involved. GDCI makes
dispersal of knowledge more efficient and concentrated.
Analysis of the rule system shows that there clearly one has been
established. Contracts are signed before each new member can enter the
partnership. Each member also has to pay €1250,- to gain access to the network.
This might help to create extra commitment. Furthermore legal teams are the
ones that constitute each contract. The facilitating partners have the most
power if it comes to potential alterations of the rule system.
The GDCI has knowledge sharing as its primary goal. Thus, even though it
does not directly change the market, it helps to introduce pilot projects in
different sectors that practice circular procurement. Further, the GDCI spreads
knowledge about the circular procurement method which would eventually
encourage other companies in the market to adopt circular procurement methods.
Again, due to the nature of this partnership, it does not seek to change
the content of policies by imposing regulations towards a circular economy.
However, it involves the Government directly as the facilitator of knowledge
The future of the GDCI could be in keeping with
its strength. It may grow into a much larger network encompassing other Governments,
NGOs, and startups from all over Europe. This would lead to a wider knowledge
network which can have a major impact on the overall economy