Sefa Research Project
*The 2019 Sefa Research Project will go to India!
After successfully conducting research in countries such as Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Chile and China, the destination of the Sefa Research Project 2018 will be Argentina! The aim of the Sefa Research Project is to do tailor made research for companies with aspirations towards emerging economies at a cost-price. In the summer of 2018, a group of 16 highly motivated and talented students will fly to Argentina for four weeks to conduct field research specified to the needs of the companies. Beforehand, the students need to acquire four companies that want research done in Argentina. Afterwards the students will do desk research in The Netherlands and prepare themselves for field research with both academic and professional support. Highly-placed professors of the UvA will give the student consultants advice during the preparation and strategy consulting companies such as BCG and Deloitte will give trainings in implementing market research. The committee itself consists of 7 students (5 committee members + 2 sefa coordinators) who are responsible for choosing the country, selecting 10 student consultants and together with them doing the research and acquisition.
The Research Project consists of four consecutive phases:
- Phase 1: Acquisition (November to May): First we have to look for appropriate companies who are interested in the project. We will get in touch with the company and provide them with information. Company visits will follow and after an agreement we will write a research proposal for them.
- Phase 2: Desk Research (May to July): If the research proposal is approved, the desk research starts. We will gather all necessary information about the company and the destination, so that the field research in Argentina can be as efficient and concise as possible.
- Phase 3: Field Research (in July and August): Once in Argentina, we will execute the research for the company. We will work on location 40 hours per week for four weeks to carry out the fieldwork. Meanwhile, we will keep the company informed of significant developments.
- Phase 4: Reporting (September or October): When we are back in the Netherlands, our team will write a report/presentation. This report will be handed over to the company or the presentation will be given.
Next years committee will be recruited in May. Together you will decide on the destination of the Sefa Research Project 2019, be responsible for the recruitment of the other members, and acquiring the companies. Then, together with the other members, you will go to the destination that you decided upon, and you will conduct your research.
What can I learn as a committee member?
As a committee member of the Sefa Research Project you will learn how to do acquisition, how do conduct a full consultancy project and how to do business in a different culture. You will definitely develop your teamwork skills. Moreover, you will learn how to recruit and select the participants, and depending on your position you will also acquire position specific skills.
Karin van Egmond – Chairman Sefa Research Project 2017-2018
“After twelve successful editions, we will organize the thirteenth edition of the Sefa Research Project. This year the project focuses on a unique economy: Argentina. In the summer of 2018, sixteen highly motivated students will function as consultants and travel to Argentina to conduct research for Dutch companies. For the students, who will receive training by professional consultants such as Deloitte and Boston Consulting Group, it is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable international consultancy experience and an experience they will never forget! I have learnt how to lead a team of this.”