Featured: Service Systems

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.


Research Projects

The project “Smarte Dienstleistungsfabrik” SmartDiF aims to create the smart service factory of the future. Value contribution and value creation out of available and arising smart data resources in industry clouds characterize the main focus of the research activities. Together with SCHAEFFLER, SIEMENS, the Fraunhofer IIS - Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS, as well as additional partners, the foundations for an evidence-based service engineering get developed.

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While the introduction of new software, many companies are facing an underutilization, frustration of users, the miss of actually expected effects or do not reach the expected organizational change explained. The reason for this is often in the top-down planning software implementation, in which the demands and needs of users are not sufficiently addressed.

Exactly at this point is where the joint project ExTEND and has to be integrated as a target, by means of bottom-up initiatives with…

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The project BigDieMo develops tools for the creation and implementation of Big Data services for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s). To achieve this, BigDieMo aims to empower SME’s to expand their current portfolio by using a methodical toolbox for the development of Big Data services and the according data based service business models. This toolbox will be developed in close collaboration with our partners from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the University of Hamburg and…

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Unternehmen entwickeln im Kontext von Industrie 4.0 neuartige, digitale Produkte und anwendungsspezifische Dienstleistungen, die bspw. die Fehlervorhersage oder Prognosen im Zusammenhang mit Wartungstätigkeiten von Anlagen ermöglichen oder automatisiert Arbeitspläne für Maschinen und Menschen optimieren. Diese Dienstleistungen sind in den meisten Fällen für einen solchen, isolierten Anwendungsfall vorgesehen und erlauben selten eine integrative Nutzung über diesen speziellen Einsatzzweck hinweg…

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The project S-CPS aims to identify and analyze productivity relevant
factors for service operations to allow effective and efficient
maintenance, by respecting local and technical conditions. Therefore a
resource cockpit is developed, which brings together data streams of
several heterogeneous production resources relevant for the mobile
workforce to provide remote support for service operations. The resource
cockpit will increase the maintenance and repair efficiency in
manufacturing. The research focus is to shed light on the collaboration
of cyber-physical systems and people. The project is part of the overall
initiative “Industry 4.0”.

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Digital Transformation as a core driver influences service offerings and business models, as well as organisation, collaboration and forms of human labour. The ability to shape digital services has the potential to be a key competence in this new idea of value creation. There is already a trend of technical innovations like Artificial Intelligence (AI) or the Internet of Things (IoT) being applied in digital services. More over, digitalisation offers new ways of interaction between provider and…

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