Service Engineering and Management

RESER 2014 Doctoral Colloquium


RESER 2014 Doctoral Colloquium, 9-10 September 2014

The RESER 2014 Doctoral Colloquium is organized for doctoral students at all stages of their dissertation project. The colloquium will be held immediately prior to the RESER 2014 conference by Aalto University near the main conference site in Helsinki, Finland.

This colloquium offers an opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop their ongoing work related to services. In the colloquium, doctoral researchers will receive feedback, guidance, and support for their dissertation projects in a collaborative, open and friendly atmosphere. In addition, the event will put doctoral students in touch with other students conducting dissertations in the broad area of service research.

About the Doctoral Colloquium

In the colloquium, doctoral students will give presentations of their dissertation project or papers that are intended to be a part of a doctoral dissertation. The colloquium will be developmental and each student will have a senior scholar as a discussant. There members of the faculty are experts in the field of service research.

Members of the doctoral colloquium faculty include:

  • Lars Fuglsang, University of Roskilde, Denmark
  • Bo Edvardsson, Karlstad University, Sweden
  • Elina Jaakkola, University of Turku, Finland.
  • Daniel Kindström, Linköping University, Sweden.
  • Marko Kohtamäki, University of Vaasa, Finland.
  • Christian Kowalkowski, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
  • José Luis Navarro Espigares, Departamento de Economía Internacional y de España, Universidad de Granada, Spain
  • Risto Rajala, Aalto University, School of Science, Finland. (Doctoral Colloquium Chair)
  • Maria Savona, University of Sussex, UK and University of Lille, France
  • Patrik Ström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Stephen L. Vargo, University of Hawai‘i, USA

Both the faculty members and peer students will provide feedback for the participants. The colloquium should be of particular interest for doctoral students with quite well developed research plans or manuscripts. At the same time, the workshop is suitable for any manuscript that will be part of a doctoral dissertation and falls within the broad area of service research. Selection of participants will be done through submission of research proposals or manuscripts.

Application Process

Doctoral students who wish apply for presentation at the RESER 2014 Doctoral Consortium, should submit an application in an e-mail body text, including the name of the applicant, university, and department. Attached in the email should be a research proposal or a draft of a paper that will be part of a dissertation. If the applicant has submitted an abstract to the main conference of RESER2014, sending this abstract is one alternative.

The application must be sent via email to reser-dc [at] aalto [dot] fi. The attachments must be in Microsoft Word (doc/docx) or pdf format. The submission must be received no later than midnight Central European Standard Time (CET) on 30 June 2014.


Your submission must not exceed 12 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches sheet with 1 inch margin, 12 points Times New Roman font. 

Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity (structure, organization, coherence of the content)
  • Evidence of reading (use of the existing scientific knowledge in the field, quality of material, referencing)
  • Originality (independent and critical thought)
  • Relevance (practical and conceptual connection of the topic with the area of service research).

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 30 June 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2014
  • Doctoral Consortium: 9-10 September 2014
  • Main conference: 11-13 September 2014

Contacts for questions on the doctoral colloquium and submission of applications: reser-dc [at] aalto [dot] fi

This doctoral colloquium is sponsored by Aalto Service Factory and the Future Industrial Services (FutIS) research program of the FIMECC consortium.

For more information about the RESER 2014 conference, visit:


RESER2014 - main conference

The European Association for Research on Services, RESER, will hold its 24th International Conference in Helsinki, Finland. RESER conference is a multidisciplinary forum, where researchers in economics, geography, sociology, management, marketing and many other disciplines meet to share the latest advances in research on services.

The conference main theme, "Services and New Societal Challenges: Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Welfare",


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Extended Submission Deadline 30 June 2014



Important Dates

  • Extended submission deadline: 30 June 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2014
  • Submission of revised proposal: 30 August 2014
  • Doctoral Consortium: 9-10 September 2014
  • Main conference: 11-13 September 2014

September 11-13, 2014
Helsinki, Finland

Welcome to the XXIV International RESER Conference

Services and New Societal Challenges: Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Welfare