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The RESER (European Association for Research on Services) 2014 conference will take place 11-13th September in Helsinki and the call for papers is now open. The organizer of the conference is VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Detailed information can be found in the conference web site: www.reser2014.fi

The conference main theme, ”Services and New Societal Challenges: Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Welfare”, highlights that services are embedded in the development of the present society. Service sectors and activities form an increasing share of today’s economies, and the success of new technologies creates and needs services. Solutions to the biggest societal challenges require systemic innovations, but also these innovations often manifest themselves as new or improved services. The conference is organized around the following six themes:

  1. Social innovations and system innovations in services
  2. Tackling the ‘unknown’: towards more agile innovation processes in services
  3. Co-creation of value as the basis for business models
  4. New service opportunities provided by technological development
  5. Services internationalization and ‘glocalization’: the new geography of services
  6. Services and innovation in developing economies (track supported by REDLAS, The Latin American Network for Research on Services)

There will be a Doctoral Colloquium in the conference. The colloquium will take place September 9-10, 2014 in Helsinki, immediately prior to the RESER 2014 conference. The Doctoral Colloquium is organized by Aalto University for doctoral students at all stages of their dissertation project. This event provides a platform for students to network with other doctoral students and receive feedback, guidance, and support for their dissertation projects in a collaborative, open and friendly atmosphere. For more information on submissions and registration to the doctoral colloquium, visit the RESER 2014 Doctoral Colloquium page.

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