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CAS Managing Circular Economy

The circular economy is gaining momentum as a means of achieving sustainable growth and addressing climate change. With this program you will learn how implementing circular economy principles in your organization can strengthen your supply chain’s resilience and efficiency, drive your innovation agenda while becoming more competitive.


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Certificate of Advanced Studies ZHAW in Managing Circular Economy (12 ECTS)





CHF 8'000.00

Comment on costs: 

This price includes all services related to the program, including teaching materials and the costs incurred for the field trips (transport and meals).


ZHAW School of Management and Law / Campus St.-Georgen-Platz, 8401 Winterthur

Language of instruction:

German, English

Comment on language of instruction: 

Lessons will be mostly taught in German, while some will be in English. Oral presentation and written assignment can be made in German or Englisch.

“The program helped me to understand better the main circular strategies and how they can be combined. I now feel well-equipped to tackle the forthcoming challenges in my job from a range of perspectives.”

Marco Wallimann, Consultant, Capra Consult AG

Objectives and content

Target audience

Would you like to reorientate yourself professionally and create value in a sustainably focused position in the future? Or do you want to position yourself as an expert for the circular economy in your company? Our CAS Managing Circular Economy is an ideal launching pad for this.

Designed for middle managers in the secondary or public sector, we teach you the benefits and limitations of the circular economy and its principles so that you can apply them in your organisation.


After completion of the CAS in Managing Circular Economy the participants:

  • will have a solid knowledge of circular economy principles
  • be acquainted with international best practices from various industries
  • will be able to identify risks and opportunities for the implementation of circularity in their company
  • will have a basic knowledge of technologies enabling the circular economy, such as 3D-printing, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), bio-fermentation
  • adept at developing business models and designing supply chains for the implementation of circularity in their company
  • best equipped to discuss the opportunities and constraints of the circular economy with their Senior Management Team
“This practice-oriented program and exchanges with other participants have inspired me in the transformation to a circular economy. A toolbox is provided for conducting strategic analysis and identifying possibilities for practical implementation while considering the opportunities and risks.”

Lena Eberle, Environmental Protection, Siemens Schweiz AG


The program provides fundamental knowledge of circular economy as well as the management tools and success stories of companies from different focus industries. Basic knowledge of enabling technologies such as 3D printing, IIoT (the Industrial Internet of Things), and bio-fermentation is also taught. Participants learn to develop business models and design supply chains for their companies. They will be well-equipped to discuss the opportunities and limitations of a circular economy with their senior management teams.

The CAS is composed of two modules:

Module 1: Circular Economy Fundamentals for Managers
Module 2: Applied Industrial Circular Economy

The first module provides relevant business knowledge and tools to manage circular economy; basic understanding of its enabling technologies is also taught. Critical and complex system thinking is trained.

The second module deepens the applied knowledge in three selected business activities that are required for the implementation of the circular economy. With the lecturers’ support, a roadmap (new business model, technology, supply chain) for the implementation of circularity is created.

This CAS can be taken individually or as part of the MAS:

MAS Supply Chain & Operations Management


The CAS is characterized by methodological diversity. In addition to teaching conversations, presentations, exercises, case studies, work on practical case studies and e-learning, great importance is given to the questions from the companies for which participants work.

More details about the implementation

Lectures / Presence lessons on Fridays and Saturdays 08:45 - 17:00 h (exceptions possible).
The two field visits will take place on Fridays 08:00 – 17:00.

“The program gave me an excellent insight into the circular economy. The knowledge I acquired helped me identify untapped potential in my daily work and develop new ideas for improvement.”

Michael Würsch, Project Manager, Axpo Power AG

Enquiries and contact


  • International Management Institute
  • Department International Business


Jörg Agarico, Professor, Centre for Product and Process Development, ZHAW School of Engineering

Albena Björck, Senior Lecturer, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Raimund Erdmann, CEO Erdmann Design AG

Pia Furchheim, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral Marketing, Institute of Marketing Management, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Melanie Haupt, Senior Research and Lecturer, ETH Zurich and Project Leader, REDILO GmbH

Josef Känzig, Head, Consumption and Products Section, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Nadja Lavanga, Senior Consultant Intep – Integrale Planung GmbH

Irene Martinetti, Manager, Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Jürg Meierhofer, Senior Lecturer, Smart Service Engineering, ZHAW School of Engineering

Frédéric Meylan, Project manager, International Affairs, EPFL Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

Dr. Grégoire Meylan, Research Associate, Center for International Industrial Solutions, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Sabine Oberhuber-Rau, Senior Consultant, Co-Founder, Turntoo B.V., and co-author of “Material Matters”

Maike Scherrer, Professor, Institute of Sustainable Development, ZHAW School of Engineering

Marc Schmid, Senior Lecturer, Center for International Industrial Solutions, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Andreas Schönborn, Head, Ecological Engineering Group, ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management

Nicolas Schmidt, Research Associate, Federal Office for the Environment


Admission requirements

Applicants need to be graduates of universities or universities of applied sciences and have at least five years of professional experience.

Persons who do not have any of the above qualifications, but who have sufficient professional experience and additional qualifications, can be admitted "sur dossier".

Information for applicants

Registrations receive consideration in the order they were received.

In addition to your electronic registration, please send the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of work certificates
  • Copies of training and continuing education certificates
  • Letter of motivation (either per separate e-mail or as a comment in the form itself)

Start Application deadline Registration link
27.09.2024 27.08.2024 Application

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