Service Management (TEK 590) -- 2023
7.5 he credits Study period 2
Syllabus -- version 16 October 2023
Can be subject to minor amendments
Examiner: Árni Halldórsson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lecturers: Árni Halldórsson (Professor), Sanne Ollila (Professor), Siri Jagstedt (PhD, lecturer), Carolin Behrens (PhD student), Henrietta Arwin (industrial PhD student), Stina Lundin (industrial PhD student), guest speakers from industry (automotive, batteries, management consulting, healthcare).
Course admin contact: email@example.com
Homepage: Canvas -- https://chalmers.instructure.com/
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.
- 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 six key themes
- Role and relevance of service management in contemporary organisations, driving forces of increased servitization, and sustainability of services.
- Service innovation
- Sourcing strategies and -deliveries in service networks
- Service technology
- Customer touchpoints and end-user involvement
- Organization and professional services
To these themes we relate contemporary challenges and opportunities such as digitalization, circular economy, disruptions, and other contemporary industrial dynamics.
- 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, action labs 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 correspond to 100 points.
Each compulsory course elements must be passed and attended to pass the course overall. In case illness prevents participation in compulsory parts of the course, please contact the the examiner or course administrator by e-mail. 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.
- Written work and presentations (group work):
- Action lab I: 0-25 points
- Action lab II: 0-10 points
- Action Lab III: 0-15 points
- Action Lab IV: 0-5 points
- Semianr 1: 0-5 points
- Seminar 2: Servitization and organization: 0-10 points
- Written work: Individual learning log: 0-5 points
- TBC: Individual examination (possibly at the last day of the course, or another day before the Holidays): 25 points. Will be announced on the course website, and discussed in the first lecture.
Guidelines for seminars and action labs
Detailed instructions are handed out on Canvas in due 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 500 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:
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What may you as a professional within service management want to do differently?
- Do you view service management in a new or different way?
- Have you developed new appreciations? New skepticism?
- Title of reflection
- Body of text
- At least one figure/diagram/table that summarises your key ideas.
- Submission: No later than Monday 18 December at 12.00 noon.
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