Research Project Maastricht wants to explore islands of opportunities in Indonesia

Company-specific research in Indonesia

Is your company aspiring to enter the global market? Have you recognised the opportunities that Indonesia has to offer? Are you seeking to expand your activities to the Indonesian market? Then Research Project Maastricht (RPM) can assist you by researching any questions you may have about this emerging market, on a non-profit basis.

Every year since 1989, RPM has successfully conducted company-specific research in emerging economies such as Brazil, Vietnam, China and India. The focus this year will be on Indonesia, whose rapid economic growth is resulting in opportunities for expanding businesses. From January to April 2014, RPM will explore and evaluate these opportunities on site for Dutch companies.

What is Research Project Maastricht?

RPM is an annual initiative supported by Maastricht University which aims to perform tailored research on a non-profit basis. RPM’s approach is best suited for companies with international ambitions and a global orientation, varying from small- and medium sized firms to multinational enterprises. RPM consists of a multi-disciplinary team of 12 carefully selected top students in the final phase of their study. The team members are carefully recruited from a large pool of applicants, and possess the technical knowledge, as well as the cultural and linguistic skills required to successfully work in an international business environment. The team members possess a range of competences in tax, law, economics and business.

Why Indonesia?

Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands and a surface area of approximately 1,900,000 km2. With its 251 million inhabitants Indonesia ranks fourth on the world’s population list. The rapidly growing economy, a favourable labour force and richness in natural resources, make the country an attractive market for competitive Dutch companies aspiring global leadership. Dutch businesses are keen on seeking investment and trade opportunities in Indonesia’s emerging economy, with the Netherlands being the fourth largest source of foreign direct investment in Indonesia. Research Project Maastricht can assist companies in exploring new prospects and developments in Indonesia.

Islands of opportunities

RPM can conduct virtually any type of research tailored to companies’ needs. Examples include company specific competitor analyses, analysis of rules and regulations, researching investment possibilities or import/export possibilities and the identification of new distribution channels or local business partners. To perform this research, RPM is accompanied during the entire process by an Advisory Board, comprised of professors of Maastricht University, government institutions officials and employees from several companies. Moreover, the team will be trained by consultancy firms such as BCG, McKinsey, Roland Berger, KPMG and Boer Croon.


The research is conducted according to the wishes of the company. The scope of the research is established by means of meetings and a research proposal. Consequently, the RPM team performs extensive desk research before departure. During their stay in Indonesia, the students collect relevant data on site. This site fully depends on any research questions companies may have. Upon return to Maastricht, the team concludes the research project with a bundled research report and a presentation of the results.

Why RPM?

As an independent non-profit foundation, RPM is able to offer professional research at a competitive price. The team’s academic diversity, intensive preparation, and extensive network provide a broad range of knowledge. Additionally, 20 years of experience and professional training ensure a strong basis for delivering high-quality research. Finally, the team’s enthusiasm and drive also contribute to the execution of a successful research project.

The RPM team ’13/’14

For more information or questions, or to set up a meeting, please feel free to visit our website or contact Ellen Verboom via e-mail or telephone: 043 – 388 39 31.