Social distancing

Intelligent unlock: Business resilience during and after the Covid-19 pandemic

Science Works 1 min.

Now that the Netherlands is slowly but surely coming out of lockdown, the Dutch business sector is busy contemplating ‘intelligent unlocking strategies’. Dr. Nuno Barros de Oliveira (Organization Studies) has started a research project to investigate how small and medium-sized enterprises in the Netherlands adapt their businesses to make them resilient. The objective is to provide entrepreneurs with a suitable tool (an app or website) to help them adapt to the new social distancing economy. An app can help to identify and share best practices.

Enterprises in all business sectors face uncertainty as a result of the social distancing rules since they have a major impact on their business operations. How do Dutch businesses accommodate the rules? Evidence-based strategies are necessary to restart the Dutch economy.


To tackle this problem, De Oliveira has started the KOLIBRIE project: Collaboration for Business Resilience in Industries. He studies how enterprises adapt their business models and parterships to start up their business in compliance with the social distancing regulations. As part of this project, data will be gathered on the challenges and innovations at small and medium-sized enterprises. Collaboration among organizations is central in this approach. The project is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises in the Netherlands.

The study is entitled Intelligent Unlock: Business resilience during and after the covid-19 pandemic. De Oliveira has received a grant for his research project from the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO.

If your company or sector organization would like to participate in this project, please sign up as soon as possible.

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Date of publication: 9 June 2020