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Proceedings of SIGSVC Workshop


The call for papers for the SIG SVC 2011 workshop notes the importance of service oriented thinking and says that the workshop's goal is to explore the challenges of service orientation in IT. This paper is a conceptual contribution to the discussion. It uses ten suggestions as an organizing scheme for exploring basic questions about the nature and subject matter of service science. The questions are related to topics such as the definition of service and service system, the desirability of privileging service and servitization over products and productization, and the treatment of co-production of value, value constellations, and tradeoffs between conflicting stakeholder interests. The final suggestion is that research publications should declare a stance toward people and organizations related to treating them as though they are fallible humans, dutiful components of service systems, or humans simulating machines.