Course syllabus

Service Management (TEK590) - Fall 2021

Course is offered by the department of Technology Management and Economics

7.5 he credits Study period 2

Version 18 October 2021

Can be subject to minor amendments


Examiner: Árni Halldórsson,

Lecturers: Árni Halldórsson (Professor), Ida Gremyr (Professor), Siri Jagstedt (PhD), Frida Smith (PhD, Researcher), Jan Bröchner (Professor Emeritus)

Homepage: Canvas -- Teaching language: English


Background and aim

Services have increasingly become a key part of value propositions in a range of private and public sector organisations; this relates both to enhancement of current business models and service innovations. The principles supporting this development can to some extent build further on product-centered logics and frameworks, but new principles are needed to navigate activities that range from service innovation/design, service sourcing/delivery and service improvement. Further, these activities do not take place within the boundaries of the individual organisation, rather, services, and subsequent customer satisfaction, is a result of a co-created activity among different actors, e.g. suppliers, their customers, and end-users. On the backdrop of this, the aim of this course is to provide students with appreciation of service growth and servitization in general, and particular an understanding of key principles, frameworks and theories of developing, delivering and improving services in contemporary organisations, and in their wider service networks.


Learning outcomes

  • Having successfully completed the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles and practice of service management in contemporary organisations in general, and in particular to:
  • Describe and elaborate upon the role and importance of services in contemporary organisations in various sectors
  • Describe and explain concepts and assumptions on which service management is based
  • Identify and evaluate relevant established and emerging principles, frameworks and theories in service management (covering service innovation/design, sourcing/delivery and improvement)
  • Appreciate how societal challenges (e.g. digitalization and sustainability) as well as technological development affects, and is affected by, service management.
  • Analyse managerial challenges, and provide a structured solution to these, with clear implications for relevant stakeholders
  • Appreciate the role of technology as enabler in service management


Content -- the course focuses on four key themes

  1. Role and relevance of service management in contemporary organisations, driving forces of increased servitization, and sustainability of services.
  2. Service innovation and –design
  3. Sourcing strategies and -deliveries in service networks
  4. Service improvement

To these themes we relate contemporary challenges and opportunities such as digitalization, circular economy, disruptions, and supply shortage.


  • Academic journal articles, handouts (slides) from lectures, and other relevant practice- oriented material.
  • The ‘Core reading’ referred to below and handouts (slides) from each lecture/seminar/workshop are subject to examination.
  • ‘Suggested further reading’ is not part of the examination.


Teaching and learning activities

Lectures, guest lectures, group work, hand-in assignments, seminars, and a learning log.

The course will be delivered as a series of presentations and discussion sessions of theoretical concepts, their implications for managers and application in various contexts. Students are expected to read material and make themselves familiar with key concepts prior to the particular lecture, and prepare for discussions of theoretical concepts and their applicability in a particular situation.

Examination and assessment

Written and oral examination. Grading: Not Passed, 3 (equal or more than 40%), 4 (equal or more than 60%), 5 (equal or more than 80%). Course examinations in total corresponds to 100 points.

Each compulsory course elements must be passed and attended to pass the course overall. In case of illness prevents participation in compulsory parts of the course, please contact the examiner for complementary tasks. Absense that is not due to illness will require complementary tasks to be completed, however, these will only be marked at the level of passed/failed. For students to be eligible to take part in the final examination, all compulsory elements (except the learning log submission, deadline after the exam) in the course must be passed.


Compulsory elements

  • Written work (group, individual) and presentations:
    • Seminar 1: Servitization & Working with customer satisfaction and -feedback (literature + lecture based (17 Nov, individual): 0-5 points
    • Seminar 2: Servitization and organization (24 Nov, group): 0-3 points.
    • Seminar 3: Servitization and digitalization (literature + lecture based (6 Dec), individual): 0-5 points>
    • Case seminar (presentation) + report (case, group): 0-17 points
  • Written work: Individual learning log: 0-5 points
  • 24 hour take-home assignment (individual): 0-65 points


Guidelines for case work 24-hour take home assignment

Detailed instructions for the case work and the 24 hour take-home assignment are handed during the mid of the course.


Guidelines for learning log

The learning log is a reflective paper that aims to engage you in the process of self-evaluation where you identify your goals and development through the course as well as your strengths, weaknesses and personal interests. Emphasis should be put on reflecting upon your learning.


  • Self-assessment and reflection of own learning relative to your interests and future career plans.
  • Make a personal sense of selected topics in the course
  • Reflective and personal. Academically rigorous.
  • Length: max 300 words + a diagram/figure.


In relation to the course content, you should refer to concepts, ideas and thoughts put forward in the class discussion and the reading material. You do not have to refer to the literature or other material: this is your personal paper! The reflective paper should be structured around each of the four questions:

  1. What did you learn about yourself?
  2. What may you as a professional within service management want to do differently?
  3. Do you view service management in a new or different way?
  4. Have you developed new appreciations? New skepticism?


  • Name
  • Title of reflection
  • Body of text
  • At least one figure/diagram/table that summarises your key ideas.
  • Submission: No later than 17 December at 12.00 noon.


Course Schedule Fall 2021 - see detailed schedule (time, topics, reading, learning and teaching activities) under "Files".

Course summary:

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