International Research Project

The International Research Project (IRP) is a project organized by the Financial Study association Rotterdam (FSR). All members of the FSR are either studying at the Erasmus School of Economics or the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Every year, the IRP offers tailor-made research to companies and organizations that are interested in getting valuable insights for their business in an international market. This year the IRP will conduct research in Colombia, a country with a steady-growth economy with many growth opportunities for companies. The IRP has 18 years of experience in performing research projects all over the world. The students have always delivered useful strategic advice to complex business challenges.

The research will be conducted by a selected group of 20 students, consisting of mostly master students at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR). The strict selection of students is guided by the strategy consultancy firm Bain & Company to guarantee that a team of top students with various backgrounds was formed. The selected group of students team will dedicate 6 months of their time in order to find the best possible solution for a strategic problem provided by your company. In the preparation phase, the IRP team will be consulting you about the goals and wishes of your company-specific research. Through the diversity of the IRP team are they able to tackle a wide range of complex problems. The main focus of IRP is to provide provision of realistic, refreshing and valuable solutions to your organisation. In the previous years of IRP, student teams have carried out successful projects for companies within a wide range of sectors.

Furthermore, the project is supervised by professors of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and strategy consultants, of the well-known consultancy firms, offering several lectures, workshops and training days for the participating students. This way the students are optimally prepared to provide the best strategic advice to your company.

Board of Recommendations

Drs. H. van SlootenCFO of Randstad Groep Nederland
Drs. F.A. van HoutenCEO of Royal Philips
Prof. Dr. K.H.W. KnotPresident of de Nederlandse Bank
Dr. P. SminkCEO and CFO of NUON Energy
Ir. W. DraijerCEO of Rabobank
Dr. P.A.M. BerdowskiCEO of Boskalis
Drs. F. SijbesmaCEO of DSM
Prof. Dr. E.A. de GrootDirector of ESE Erasmus Holding B.V.