Smart homes as product-service systems: Two focal areas for developing competitive smart home appliances

Sojung Kim, Henri Christiaans, Joon Sang Baek

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Smart homes are a strong match for the characteristics of product-service systems (PSSs), but practitioners lack the knowledge necessary to approach their designs from a systemic perspective. Positing that smart home appliances (SHAs) are the building blocks of smart homes as competitive PSSs, we investigate the attributes of SHAs as design elements and the advantages of PSSs as design goals. Based on systematic literature reviews and interviews with SHA experts in South Korea, we propose a revised set of SHA attributes and discuss the two focal areas for developing competitive PSSs with SHAs: smartness for personalized user experiences and smartness for expanded cooperation. This paper contributes to the fast-changing smart home industry by capturing the attributes that define today's SHAs, demonstrating that these attributes can contribute to the development of smart homes as a competitive PSS, and identifying areas of focus for those who develop SHAs and systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-310
Number of pages19
JournalService Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by the Promotion of Special Design-Technology Convergence Graduate School of the Korea Institute of Design Promotion [Grant N0001436] and Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology [Grant 10069188] with a grant from the Ministry of Trade, In-dustry and Energy, Republic of Korea.

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Copyright: © 2019 INFORMS

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing


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