About the Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP)


The Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP) dates back over thirty years and is the oldest in its kind. The ECP is connected to STAR, the official faculty association of the Rotterdam School of Management, which is one of the leading business schools in Europe.
In 1986, we started with the Project Committee investigating Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Research in countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Vietnam followed before the project was renamed to European Business Study (EBS) in 1993. From then on, the focus was on European upcoming economies like Ukraine, Turkey, Poland and Saint Petersburg. This changed in the year 1997 when the scope became global again; accordingly, the name of the project changed to the International Business Study (IBS).

Here you can read more about our previous projects.

Project Process

In September 2017, we will recruit 24 consultants. During the fall, we will conduct general research into the Indonesian market aimed at gaining the appropriate insights. We did this in order to provide companies with in-depth research regarding promising sectors, industries and markets. Subsequently, we will dedicate ourselves to conducting desk research in order to focus on company specific opportunities.

In July 2018, we will set off to Indonesia to conduct three weeks of field research. Here, we will gain relevant information and insights that can only be acquired through meetings with local companies and governmental institutions. By being in contact with the local community we can provide you with the most relevant information and find interesting contacts for your company.

In September 2018, the report for your company will be finalized and we will offer you our findings and recommendations.


The first country that we visited under the new format was South Africa. The Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Brazil, China and Thailand all followed. India, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam and Brazil were even visited twice. IBS kept on improving over time and with its long experience in doing research, IBS developed a guide for companies in marketing, strategy, finance and HRM, to only mention a few. Companies working with IBS aimed at broadening their view and expanding their business. In 2013 we renamed the project to Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP). The first country that is visited under this name was Thailand, subsequently Chile, Malaysia, Peru, and last year we went to Colombia. You can find experiences from companies that participated in previous years here.

To be precise, ECP 2018 is the 33rd consecutive year that the ECP is organized. This year, we will conduct research in Indonesia, an emerging market where Dutch knowledge and experience will be of great value for the economy. To see what opportunities there are in Indonesia, click here.

Click here if you’re interested in a different country

Click on the map to see which countries we visited in previous years.