Three complementary perspectives in service science: Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design

Arto Wallin, Kaisa Koskela-Huotari, Kaisa Rönkä

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Abstract

For the last 50 years, we have been witnessing increasing growth of what traditional economists refer to as the services sector [1]. An important driver of this prevailing service phenomenon is the development of information and communication technologies (ICT). Both ICT and digitalisation are stimulating growth in new types of services and enabling global service delivery [2]. The rise of the services sector, and economic growth associated with it, has triggered interest especially in those who are attempting to cope with increasing global competition and who seek a new source of competitive advantage. In consequence, many companies have been moving their focus from products to services. However, the transition toward service business has often been viewed very narrowly, as for example, development of new services. Moreover, many of these services are still tied up with traditional models of value creation in which the focus is on the firm's outputs as 'containers' of value [3]. This paper highlights an alternative perspective on this traditional view and claims that when firms seek to realise the full potential of the service phenomenon, they must fundamentally challenge their current ways of thinking about what constitutes service and how value is created. The paper is based on findings of several research projects, such as Proform, Cloud Software, WeCare, and ModuServ, studying service innovations and success factors in the service business. Based on our experiences, we claim that firms aiming to understand and develop their existing service, create new service innovations, and succeed in a turbulent business environment can benefit significantly by adopting emerging service-oriented thinking. This service-oriented thinking is based on an interdisciplinary field called service science, which adopts service-dominant logic [4, 5] as a worldview and philosophical foundation, with the service system as the main theoretical construct [6, 7]. Furthermore, we propose that service design thinking [8] can bring service science to a more concrete and more easily approachable level for practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHighlights in service research
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages117-123
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7969-3
ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7968-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Research Highlights
Number6
ISSN2242-1173

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Service science
Service design
Systems thinking
Service-dominant logic
Service innovation
Service sector
Service business
Service-oriented
New services
Information and communication technology
Service delivery
World view
Economic growth
Business environment
Global competition
Success factors
Service system
Competitive advantage
Economists
Software

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Wallin, A., Koskela-Huotari, K., & Rönkä, K. (2013). Three complementary perspectives in service science: Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design. In Highlights in service research (pp. 117-123). Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Research Highlights, No. 6
Wallin, Arto ; Koskela-Huotari, Kaisa ; Rönkä, Kaisa. / Three complementary perspectives in service science : Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design. Highlights in service research. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2013. pp. 117-123 (VTT Research Highlights; No. 6).
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Wallin, A, Koskela-Huotari, K & Rönkä, K 2013, Three complementary perspectives in service science: Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design. in Highlights in service research. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, VTT Research Highlights, no. 6, pp. 117-123.

Three complementary perspectives in service science : Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design. / Wallin, Arto; Koskela-Huotari, Kaisa; Rönkä, Kaisa.

Highlights in service research. Espoo : VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, 2013. p. 117-123 (VTT Research Highlights; No. 6).

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Wallin A, Koskela-Huotari K, Rönkä K. Three complementary perspectives in service science: Service-dominant logic, systems thinking, and service design. In Highlights in service research. Espoo: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. 2013. p. 117-123. (VTT Research Highlights; No. 6).