International Service Management

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Service Management

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    International Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The International Service Management module is developed in recognition of the fact that much of the world economy is dominated by services. Understanding the concepts of effective service management is essential for any student wishing to join and succeed in a service-oriented firm. The theme of the module is based on the understanding that service organizations (e.g. banks, transportation companies, consulting companies, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, etc.) management require a distinctive approach than manufacturing organizations. Beginning with the service encounter, service managers must blend marketing, technology, people, and information to achieve a distinctive competitive advantage. The module will provide a sound overview of the main theories and concepts in service management. It will differentiate between service production and manufacturing and, in particular, highlight the fact that services are, by definition, co-produced by customers and service provider. The module will also focus on different ways of improving service performance and creating value for customers while avoiding the pitfalls of an exclusive focus on financial indicators. In addition, the module will provide methods and tools to enable graduates to systematically analyse and improve potential gaps in the organisation’s service orientation.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Familiarize themselves with the key service management concepts, the challenges of a service provider, and the principles of lean thinking
    2. Understand new service development from both a product and process perspective
    3. Demonstrate how ‘Lean Thinking’ can be integrated into a service management with dramatic and instant beneficial results.
    4. To develop an awareness of the opportunities that information technology can have for enhancing service firm’s competitiveness.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.