Better collaborative projects with the industry

Year: 2010
Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B
Author: Eriksen, Kaare; Schou,Finn; Jaiger, Thomas Arvid
Page(s): 466-471


There are several problems to handle when setting up collaborative projects between University
Design Programs and external partners like companies. Research in this area would therefore be of
educational relevance, and the paper lines up significant problems followed by suggestions to create a
smoother collaboration between such parts. According to a global survey10 in this area university
teachers and design program managers in many parts of the world highly value collaborative projects
with external partners like industrial companies. It is often problematic, though, to agree upon
conditions that satisfy the company and the university when it comes to matters like confidentiality
and intellectual rights property. The involved students and staff from the university and the companies
find themselves in a grey zone with only a few if any standard solutions. The author therefore suggest
a scale that balances the involvement, investment and benefits from the involved parts and gives 3
examples on types of collaboration that could be used as a reference to qualify the discussion among
the involved parts in collaborative projects.

Keywords: Collaborative projects, industrial design program, design engineering program, design education, global survey, collaboration models, futon, companies, CPPB


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