A case for service systems engineering

  • James M. Tien
  • Daniel Berg


A case is made for further developing a branch of systems engineering that focuses on problems and issues which arise in the service sector. We promulgate this special focus not only because of the size and importance of the service sector but also because of the unique opportunities that systems engineering can exploit in the design and joint production and delivery of services. We begin by considering the economic, technological and demographic contexts within which the service sector has flourished; we then address both services, especially emerging services, and systems engineering, followed by a discussion of how to advance the field of service systems engineering, and concluding with several remarks. In particular, a number of service systems engineering methods are identified to enhance the design and production/delivery of services, especially taking advantage of the unique features that characterize services — namely, services, especially emerging services, are information-driven, customer-centric, e-oriented, and productivity-focused.


Service sector systems engineering information technology decision technologies customer-centric productivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Tien
    • 1
  • Daniel Berg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering SystemsRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteToryUSA

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