Abstraction, Restriction, and Co-creation: Three Perspectives on Services

  • Maria Bergholtz
  • Birger Andersson
  • Paul Johannesson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6413)


The recent surge in the interest of services has brought a plethora of applications of the service concept. There are business services and software services, software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service. There is also a multitude of definitions of the service concept. In this paper, we propose not a new definition of service but a conceptual model of the service concept that views services as perspectives on the use and offering of resources. The perspectives addressed by the model are: service as a means for abstraction; service as means for providing restricted access to resources; and service as a means for co-creation of value.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Bergholtz
    • 1
  • Birger Andersson
    • 1
  • Paul Johannesson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Systems SciencesStockholm UniversitySweden

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