Project Overview

The Risk International Financial Program has been established in 2006 and has proven to be
a great experience for students and a great success for companies. Previous research
destinations include Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Costa Rica & Panama. This year 16 highly
motivated students will be selected by the IFP Board to conduct financial research in Brazil.
These students are active in the fields of Finance, Accountancy, Controlling and Organization
& Management Control. The students are required to meet a number of conditions to be
selected. They are expected to have a sufficient level of financial knowledge, to be international
oriented and to have research experience.

Preparation phase

From this moment on the students are actively involved in the project. During this period the
students are provided with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to successfully
perform the field research. This will be done during lectures and workshops given
by guest speakers.

Desk phase

In January the research groups will start with their individual research assignment. From this
phase on the students cooperate with professors from the University of Groningen in order to
enhance the quality of the research. For four months the students are now highly intensive engaged
in the research and will, in corporation with the companies, setup a research framework
and determine the contents of the research.

Field research phase

On the 14th of April we will leave for our destination – Brazil. This phase of three weeks will
be marked by conducting research, which will mainly consist of visiting companies, taking
interviews and gathering information. During two weeks of field research the students will be
supported by the professors that also travel to Brazil.

Reporting phase

After returning from Brazil the research groups will process the information gathered so far
and write a report covering the research question. In July the students will present the final
version of the project to the assigned company.