About STAR Erasmus Consulting (SEC)


STAR Erasmus Consulting (SEC) is a new improved concept of the Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP) as of this year, 2019. Major changes have taken place, for instance companies now choose in which country they would like tailor-made research and consultancy services to be done. Our predecessors date back to over thirty years and is the oldest in its kind. SEC is part of STAR, the official faculty association of the Rotterdam School of Management, and the biggest student-run study association in Europe.

In 1986, SEC 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) and in 2013 to Erasmus Consultancy Project (ECP).

Here you can read more about our previous projects.

Project Process

SEC takes you through four main phases. In September the acquisition and the preliminary phase take place. In the preliminary research phase, the team conducts general research on the company’s specific problem for the chosen country. This is done in order to make a tailored proposal for the company. After a go or no go of the company, consultants are recruited in February to dedicate themselves to conduct in-depth desk research on the company’s specific problem for the chosen country to gain promising business opportunities.

In July 2019, we will set off to the company’s chosen countries to do 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. After the field research trip, the report for your company will be finalized and we will offer you our final findings and recommendations.


For questions, please send us an email at sec@rsmstar.nl or call us at 010-4082700


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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, Colombia and last year’s destination Indonesia followed. As of 2019 the project is renamed to STAR Erasmus Consulting and is the countries choice all up to the company itself. You can read more about experiences from companies that participated in previous years here. To provide you with exact figures: SEC 2019 is the 34rd consecutive year that the SEC is organized.