The research stream “Service Systems” at Wi1 focusses on exploring, designing, engineering and evaluating systemic service innovations. Our research focuses on stakeholder integration, co-creation and value appropriation in complex service systems. Typical questions we try to answer are:

  • What are the appropriate mechanisms to integrate stakeholders in service systems?
  • How can we manage and support productivity in complex service settings?
  • Which tools are needed to facilitate value co-creation in online and offline settings

With prototyping and design science research we, thus, esp. contribute to the development of the field of service systems engineering.


The key promoters for the development of service innovations and for establishing an innovative culture in the service sector are the people involved. In contrast to industry sectors, the service sector has not fully developed its potential with regard to professionalization and professions.



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