Service Management (Specific Topics of Marketing) (SS 2021)

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We are still talking to the guest lecturer if we will be able to offer a digital version of his course (partly live, partly recorded) this summer term.


The registration period for this course will be announced soon. If you wish to participate in the course, please apply (during the registration period) via e-mail to Marc Linder (with your matriculation number and full name).
We will assign the the seats to the course based on a "first-come, first-serve" principle and will let you know about your admission status.


The course is given by Dr. Dwayne D. Gremler.

Contact person: Marc Linder, M.Sc.

This course is part of the module ”Advanced Marketing on Specific Topics: Selected Topics in Marketing”.

Course grade: Creation of a service blueprint (group work) (40%) | Creation of a service guarantee (individually) (35%) | Written reflection on service experiences (individually) (25%)

Please register at the examination office for the early examination period (AFTER your admission to the course).

Credit points: 6 ECTS (BWL PO 2010)

During the course, please communicate and stay updated via the course page on Learnweb. Announcements, lecture slides and any additional material will be published there.

The password for all materials will be announced via email.


The intent of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the unique marketing opportunities and challenges faced by organizations that sell and deliver services. Throughout six sessions, the course will introduce, discuss, and analyze several topics important to the marketing and management of service businesses.

Various frameworks for understanding service marketing and management will be discussed, such as the service marketing mix and the gaps model of service quality, and will serve as a basis for identifying and diagnosing key issues in service delivery. The focus of the course will be on examining the key concepts, strategies, and decisions in services marketing that can be used to examine such issues. Various tools will be introduced, such as the service quality gaps audit, the service blueprint, and the service guarantee, to enhance student understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges faced by organizations that sell and deliver services. The ultimate goal of the course is to help each student become an effective service manager, leader, and champion.

Topics to be addressed include:

1)       The recapitulation of fundamental services marketing topics, including:

  • differences in marketing goods versus services
  • differences between “service offerings” and “customer service”
    • the seven elements (7 Ps) of the service marketing mix
    • customer expectations and perceptions in service delivery
    • determinants of customer loyalty and retention in service businesses
    • service recovery strategies

2)      The “Gaps Model of Service Quality” as a framework for understanding service delivery

3)      Service blueprints: key concepts and how it can help in designing excellent service delivery


  • Kai Manke (accompanying)
  • Marc Linder (accompanying)