KLOSS – Knowledge Exchange and Learning About Strategic Collaboration
Swedish higher education institutions need to enhance their strategic abilities in their collaboration with society. Through the KLOSS project we wanted to create an arena where higher education institutions support each other in efforts to design and implement new working methods, tools and models for long-term collaboration that strengthens research, education and development.
Our initial idea is to systematise and develop our experience in collaboration issues in order to provide (our own as well as other) higher education institutions with valuable starting points for further work. We view this as refining a row of building blocks (kloss is the Swedish word for a block) in the form of tools for strategic collaboration. These are being made available to a wider circle with the aim of making it possible for Swedish higher education institutions to build up their internal work on collaboration to greater heights and with a more stable base than previously.
The work has been driven in two main directions – identifying obstacles to collaboration and creating arenas for collaboration. Six subprojects have been conducted by cross-institutional groups, headed by selected subproject leaders. The project has been coordinated by a project office at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
A continuation of KLOSS has also emerged from the project, the AkUt project (Outgoing Academia), which tests and studies forms of movement of academic staff out to organisations outside the university.