ServDes.2018 Conference - Proof of Concept




18TH-20TH, JUNE 2018



We are excited about the 111 papers submitted. Thank you all!

ServDes, the Conference on Service Design and Service Innovation, is the premier international research conference exploring service design and service innovation.

Key dates:

16th November 2017: Deadline for all contributions

31st January 2018: Notification of acceptance with suggestions for revision

1st February 2018: Opening of conference registration

28th February 2018: Deadline for early bird registration

30th April 2018: Final submissions uploaded to website

18th- 20th June 2018: Conference in Milan


Theme: Service Design Proof of Concept

Service Design can no longer be considered an ‘emerging discipline’. Though recent and in continuous evolution, it is now consolidated enough to be assessed and reviewed in terms of effectiveness and impact on economy and society: how far has the logic of services (and of Service Design culture) influenced the different domains of innovation and value creation? How much has this been truly integrated into the innovation process of private and public sectors? How effectively has this been understood, evaluated and discussed? How far have digital technologies and media been influencing service design and delivery?

Initially, Service Design mainly concentrated on the paradigm shift from designing the materiality of objects to focusing on immaterial experiences, interfaces, interactions, and strategies. Thus, for some decades attention has been paid to the changing role and competencies of the designer, and to the establishment of Service Design as a discipline in its own right, despite its multi-disciplinary approach which includes management, ethnography, sociology, and organizational studies, to mention but a few.

Now it is time to validate and review the models, processes and practices developed and used in the service design ecosystem, from its academic community to practitioners, companies and organizations at large.

The overarching scope of the conference is to reflect on the evolution and impact that this discipline and practice has made in different fields and sectors. To do this, ServDes2018 will create an opportunity firstly for sharing thoughts and experiences among scholars, practitioners and organisations, and secondly, to discuss service design in terms of proof of concept, and the extent to which public and private organizations are ready to embed service design into their processes.


The main areas of discussion for the conference will be the following, organised into tracks:

1. Learning and practicing

2. Sharing and collaborating

3. Measuring and evaluating

4. Governing and evidencing

5. Producing, distributing and organising

6. Experiencing and shaping

7. Community and relationship building

8. Envisioning and evolving


ServDes.2018 - PhD Special Seminar: unfolding a proof of concept

Politecnico di Milano, Milano

June, 18th 2018

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications for the “PhD Special Seminar” is open.

“PhD Special Seminar: unfolding a proof of concept” is a seminar dedicated to PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers within the ServDes Conference.

Are you applying to the ServDes 2018 Conference with a paper?

Are you joining the ServDes 2018 Conference as an attendee?

Are you a PhD candidate willing to further your research reflection around the conference topics with your peers?

Join us in the PhD Special Seminar, a dedicated 3-hour seminar within the ServDes Conference!

Applications are open!


Deadline for all applications: January 29th, 2018

Call for PhD Seminar application

PhD Application template



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