The institutional influence of Right to Repair initiatives upon aftermarket and repair-centered circular business models

My research investigates the influence of Right to Repair pressures upon business model design and strategy within consumer electronics. Right to Repair advocates for the consumer’s ability to repair their own devices without manufacturers restrictions. This includes access to necessary tools, parts, and repair information. The movement challenges design choices that make repair difficult, and the unavailability of replacement parts, and calls for the liberalisation of secondary repair markets. Right to Repair laws have been introduced at the supranational level, alongside domestic Government policies, and have also been supported by advocates, and consumer interest groups that seek to lobby and educate for improved repair practices. By promoting easier and more affordable repairs, these movements aim to reduce electronic waste, extended product lifespans, and support a more sustainable economy.

My data collection has so far looked toward semi-structured interviews with stakeholders within the Right to Repair movement, including managers and executives of electronics manufacturers, but also of advocates and NGOs involved with the movement. I have sought to understand how these pressures coalesce through an institutional lens, understanding how Right to Repair configures coercive, normative, and mimetic pressures for greater action. My research will thus seek to understand how such pressures influence business model design and strategy at the firm level. One particular area of interest is that of service-design, which should circumnavigate many firm-level challenges with Right to Repair, by encouraging a closer relationship between the consumer and manufacturer.

Publications

Reference

LUT-DC3

Researcher

Daniel Stabler

Research Host

LUT University

PhD awarding institution/s

LUT University (LUT) & RMIT University

Location

Lappeenranta (Finland)

Publications

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains

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