Services, Experiences and Innovation
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Services, Experiences and Innovation

Integrating and Extending Research

Edited by Ada Scupola and Lars Fuglsang

Whilst innovation has traditionally focused on manufacturing, recently research surrounding service innovation has been flourishing. Furthermore, as consumers become ever more sophisticated and look for experiences, a research field investigating this topic has also emerged. This book aims to develop an integrated approach to the field of experience and services through innovation by showing that it is necessary to take several factors into account. As such, it makes a substantial and compelling contribution to the interdependencies between innovation, services and experience research.
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Chapter 3: Fifteen advances in service innovation studies

Faridah Djellal and Faïz Gallouj


Service innovation studies (SIS) is a relatively young field of research. Its existence is the result of the convergence between two originally independent research trajectories: service studies and innovation studies. Despite its newness, this field is relatively prolific and has already given rise to a number of ‘surveys’. Carrying out our own survey of these surveys, our objective in this chapter is to compile a list of what we consider the 15 major advances made in the SIS field since its advent. These advances can be divided into two groups. The first group reflects changes in recognition of SIS, in the general theoretical perspectives favoured, and in understanding of the fundamental nature of service innovation. The second encompasses advances in innovation modes and advances in institutional and regulation arrangements. The conclusion sketches out a certain number of research challenges to be addressed in the future.

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