Great news about funding for a research project on resilience, inclusive business, value chains and distributed business models.


It has been silent for a bit too long on this blog, but with good reason: we’ve been busy and it got us funding on a resilience related topic! Read more about it here in the press release.  Obtaining funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is of course and honour and a privilege and in this case gives us the possibility to work with Andre Nijhof from Nyenrode and TNXTO, a small and innovative consultancy on resilience related topics in line with the NWO Sustainable Business Models programme (excerpt taken from NWO DBM-II website):

Sustainable Business Models is transdisciplinary in nature and aimed at collaboration between universities and non-university partners, such as companies, government bodies, societal organisations and public knowledge institutions.

Within the consortia, the research is guided by questions from companies and organisations about the problems they face. From the formulation of the project proposals to the application of the knowledge in everyday practice, researchers, companies, government bodies and organisations work closely together. This co-creation makes it possible to continuously align and adapt research and everyday practice. As a result, the transition from traditional entrepreneurship to sustainable business models is accelerated in the Netherlands.

Five themes

The budget of two million euros is distributed across five consortia  that will contribute to the acceleration of sustainable entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.

Founders and partners

The programme Sustainable Business Models is a joint initiative of the business association Dutch Sustainable Business, academic network Het Groene Brein [in Dutch] and NWO. With this programme, the parties want to accelerate developments with respect to sustainable entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. That is why companies, government bodies, societal organisations and institutions work together in the consortia. Tendris, NEVI, Alliander NV, Stichting Natuur & Milieu, Stichting Phusis, TNO, Netherlands Patent Office, the Province of Zeeland, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs were involved in formulating the research questions that form the focus of the programme.

I am the principle investigator of one of the five consortia, and will be working on this with NIKOS colleagues Ariane von Raesfeld (co-applicant together with Andre Nijhof) and Tamara Oukes (PostDoc) for 2 years. The research proposal focuses on creating design principles for the development of sustainable earnings- and distribution models in the field of Inclusive Innovations. In the research, ten cases are key that all have a link between involving low income groups in developing countries and companies in the Dutch economy. Based on Stewardship Theory it is proposed that three factors lead to the kind of relationships that are needed for the creation of new distributed business models: the need for a common goal, space for growth and the need for transparency and accountability. Understanding, in practice, how this can be done in chain developments towards higher levels of sustainability is an important objective of this research because it creates an action repertoire for the innovation orchestrator, which can then be implemented in other value chains.

Will keep you updated as we progress!