About the Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP)


The Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP) dates back to over thirty years and is the oldest in its kind. The ECP is part to STAR, the official faculty association of the Rotterdam School of Management, and the biggest student-run study association in Europe.
In 1986, the ECP started as 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. The focus of the project was on European upcoming economies such as Ukraine, Turkey, Poland and Russia. This changed in the year 1997 when the project broadened its horizon to investigate global opportunities once 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

The ECP exists of four different phases. In the preliminary research phase, consultants are recruited and the new team conducts general research into the Indonesian market, aimed at gaining the appropriate insights. This is done in order to provide companies with in-depth research regarding promising industries and markets. From January onwards, the acquisition phase takes place, during which we approach those companies that we feel should take full advantage of the investigated opportunities. After the acquisition phase, we 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 and practical information and connect your company with crucial contacts in Indonesia. After the field research trip, the report for your company will be finalized and we will offer you our final findings and recommendations.


The first country that was visited under the International Business Study brand 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 extensive experience in doing research, IBS developed a practice 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 the project was renamed to Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP). The first country that is visited under this brand name was Thailand. Chile, Malaysia, Peru, and last year’s destination Colombia followed. You can read more about experiences from companies that participated in previous years here.

To provide you with exact figures: 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 expertise truly connects with the vast opportunities in Indonesia. To read more about these opportunities, click here.

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