An ecosystem service-dominant logic? integrating the ecosystem service approach and the service-dominant logic

Brent D. Matthies, Dalia D'Amato, Sami Berghäll, Tommi Ekholm, Hans Frederik Hoen, Jani Holopainen, Jaana E. Korhonen, Katja Lähtinen, Osmo Mattila, Anne Toppinen, Lauri Valsta, Lei Wang, Rasoul Yousefpour

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Natural and business ecosystems are complex and dynamic service systems that interact through the utilization of ecosystem service offerings for human well-being. Currently, natural and business sciences have not developed a shared and common set of service-based terms or concepts for discussing ecosystem service offerings in the process of value co-creation. In this study, the ecosystem service approach was compared with marketing science's service-dominant logic. The terminology and concepts were harmonized, and the two approaches were then integrated into a service-dominant value creation (SVC) framework. The incorporation of natural ecosystems includes accounting for the flow of positive and negative impacts through associated value networks. Therefore, the term value-in-impact was proposed to describe these value flows. A case study of the global forest-based sector was then presented, demonstrating how to discuss current research challenges using the proposed framework. In conclusion, a shared service-dominant approach provides an opportunity for deeper inter-disciplinary discussion between natural and business sciences. This study represents a contribution towards the development of a holistic service science that includes consideration for natural ecosystems. The SVC framework also addresses many of the multidimensional challenges noted by previous sustainability frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Service-dominant
  • Ecosystem service
  • Service science
  • Value creation
  • Ecosystem
  • Ecosystem service cascade


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