A Research Agenda for Service Innovation
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A Research Agenda for Service Innovation

Edited by Faïz Gallouj and Faridah Djellal

This book aims to take account of the major advances made in ‘Service Innovation Studies’ (SIS) and above all to provide an agenda setting out the research priorities in the field. This agenda is established by considering the issue of innovation in services in relation to a number of major contemporary challenges, including environmental issues, social inclusion, economic development, service ecosystems, smart service systems, religion, ageing, public organizations, gender, and ethical and societal issues. Bringing together internationals experts in the field of SIS, the book illustrates the strength and fertility of this research trajectory. It will be of great interest for both services and innovation scholars in economics, management science and public administration.
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Chapter 5: An ecosystem perspective on service innovation

Bo Edvardsson, Bård Tronvoll and Lars Witell


This chapter suggests moving forward research on service innovation by articulating an ecosystem perspective and a service-dominant logic within a context of value creation, in order to provide an integrated and systemic framework of the structuration of service innovation. The framework emphasizes changes in agency that facilitate reconfiguration, such as actors, resources and value propositions, or in structure, such as institutional arrangements. A change of the state of service innovation process takes place as changes originate in either agency or structure. The chapter provides an illustration of this theoretical model, using the case of the service ecosystem built around Etalay, a high-end Italian food store chain that includes restaurants, food and beverage stations, bakeries, a bookstore and conference facilities. The authors call for the use of this theoretical construct in other contexts such as healthcare, the Internet of Things and social media, as well as the bottom of the pyramid.

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