The topic of Product-Service Systems design has historically gathered plentiful interest within and outside the Design Society. Nowadays, this interest is stronger than ever. The general public is more aware that a ‘take-make-consume-and-dispose’ pattern of growth is not sustainable in the long term. Consumer behaviours are changing rapidly, and peer-to-peer business models becomes appealing to satisfy increasingly sophisticated needs. Furthermore, digitalization, the Internet-of-Things and cloud computing make possible to generate customized, value-adding solutions, by exploiting usage and life cycle data.


This SIG wants to bring together academics, designers, training professionals (as well as young talents) to investigates the issue of ‘well-designed, efficiently developed, and intentionally designed PSS’ - so to stimulate the achievement of new scientific advances in the discipline of PSS design.


Our goals are to: 

  • create a multidisciplinary environment to raise the level of understanding of the ‘PSS design’ issue;
  • foster research coproduction and co-authoring among SIG members to improve the quality of the research output;
  • apply SIG common knowledge to specific cases to make PSS happen in industry;
  • actively involve industrial audiences in the codevelopment of PSS design approaches;
  • facilitate the implementation and testing of tools and methods in reallife situations;
  • supporting the dissemination of experiences and lessons learned from industrial implementations;
  • identify best practices, guidelines and successful examples in research and in teaching;
  • involve students and young researchers in the community of PSS design;
  • foster the inclusion of servitization aspects within education curricula, thus preparing the next generations of engineering practitioners;
  • exchange pedagogical and educational best practices in the field.

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