Mahei Li

About my research on Service Graphs

Feel free to call me by my first name, Mahei. It is pronounced "Ma-Hi". I am a researcher, who is studying Service Systems and Service Graphs in particular. My passion lies in finding novel ways to apply hypergraph theory to create service models that integrate both resource structures and process structures.

What am I talking about? Imagine you want to build a car. First, you need to know what parts make up a car, commonly referred to as a bill-of-material or product structure. That's your resource structure. Once you know what parts you require for a car, you need to find out in which sequence they need to be stuck together. That's your process structure. Let's make things a bit easier and assume there is only one way to create your car, so there are no variants and all our parts for the car are in your inventory. Once we have everything in order, you can start planning how to produce your car. You just need to schedule the resources required to stick your car parts together! We won't go into the details, but did you notice the constant switch between your product and process structure? That's because these two structures are essential. Now imagine what you can do, if you have a theoretical (formal) model that allows having both information in one structure!

Let's go even further and imagine what you can do if are not talking about producing a car, but a service, a digital service, or a combination of all three things put together! Things get messy and seemingly complex. That's where Service Dominant Logic (SDL) kicks in and provides us a conceptual foundation to draw these different ways of creating value together. With the Service Graph, we are able to model the concepts that have been proposed in SDL and provide service systems of the future a theoretically sound and mathematically concise model!

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CV

Education

09/15 - 09/21 University of Kassel
Dr. rer pol. candidate

09/16 - University of St. Gallen
Associated Researcher

08/12 - 04/15 University of Mannheim, Germany
Master in Business Informatics (M.S.c)

09/13 – 01/14 National Taiwan University
Visiting student in Global Master of Business Administration

09/08 - 07/12 University of Mannheim, Germany
Bachelor in Business Informatics (B.S.c)

09/98-06/08 German Embassy School Beijing
German Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur)


Awards & Achievements

  • Best Conference Reviewer at the European Conference on Information Systems 2021 (ECIS 2021)

  • Best Industry Studies Paper Award (5th place) at the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP 2020)

  • Best Paper Award (3rd place) at INFORMS International Conference on Service Science 2019 (INFORMS ICSS 2019)

  • Best Paper Award “Nutzergenerierte Dienstleistungssysteme zur digitalen Transformation von Organisationen" at Digivation

  • Best Paper Award nominee at the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2020)

  • Most Innovative Paper Award nominee at the International Conference on Information Systems 2017 (ICIS 2017)

  • Best Student Paper Award nominee at International Business Informatics Congress 2017 (WI-2017) – responsible advisor

  • Doctoral Consortium Participant at European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Doctoral Consortium poster presentation at Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) 2019, Munich, Germany

  • Doctoral Consortium Participant at International Conference on Exploring Service Science (IESS 1.8) 2018, Karlsruhe, Germany

Memberships

Association for Information Systems (AIS); AIS Special Interest Group Service (SIG SVC); Research Network FOKUS:SE; Committee for DIN SPEC 33453 "Developing Digital Service Systems”; Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS);
German Informatics Society (
GI); INFORMS Service Science Section;

Reading Lists

Selected Publications on Service Graphs
and Service Systems (in recommended reading order)

  1. Li, M. M. & Peters, C. (2018): Reconceptualizing Service Systems – Introducing Service System Graphs. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). San Francisco, CA, USA.

  2. Li, M. M. & Peters, C. (2019): From Service Systems Engineering to Service Innovation - A Modeling Approach. In: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Stockholm, Sweden.

  3. Li, M. M.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2020): Moving towards a Non-Dyadic View on Service Systems and its Operationalization – Applying the Hypergraph-based Service System Model. In: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

  4. Li, M. M.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2019): Developing a Production Structure Model using Service-Dominant Logic – A hypergraph-based Modeling Approach. In: INFORMS International Conference on Service Science. Nanjing, China.

  5. Li, M. M.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2019): Linking Strategy and Operations using a Service Business Model – a hypergraph theory-based approach. In: International Research Symposium on Advancing Service Research and Practice (QUIS). Karlstad, Sweden.

Selected Publications on Digital Transformation and Techno-change

  1. Industrie Norm 33453, D. (DIN SPEC 33453) Development of digital service systems. Entwicklung digitaler Dienstleistungssysteme. (2019). Beuth publishing DIN.

  2. Li, M. M. & Peters, C. (2016): Mastering Shakedown Through The User: The Need for User-Generated Services In Techno Change. In: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). Istanbul, Turkey.

  3. Li, M. M.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2017): Designing a peer-based support system to support shakedown. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Seoul, South Korea.

  4. Li, M. M.; Billert, M. S.; Dellermann, D.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2018): Einführung von Crowd-Based Support Dienstleistungen zur Verbesserung der Softwareeinführung. In: Meyer, K., Klingner, S. & Zinke, C. (Eds.), Service Engineering (pp. 133-149). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer Fachmedien.

  5. Agarwal, N.; Bästlein, M.; Böhmann, T.; Ernst, S. -J.; Fritzsche, A.; Grotherr, C.; Hoffmann, H.; Klemm, P.; Leimeister, J. M.; Li, M. M.; Möslein, K. M.; Peters, C.; Sarpong, B.; Saxe, S.; Schmidt, T.; Schymanietz, M.; Wurfbaum, M. S.; Semmann, M. & Ziegler, D. (2019): Nutzergenerierte Dienstleistungssysteme zur digitalen Transformation von Organisationen. In: Digivation. Springer.

  6. Li, M. M.; Müller, J.; Ernst, S. -J. & Peters, C. (2019): Take the Wheel - Technology-driven Change in the Energy Sector. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).

Research Project:

Hybrid Intelligence Service Support (HISS) structures

HISS-Project Publications

Peters, C.; Schmidt, S.; Li, M. & Leimeister, J. M. (2021): Hybrid intelligenter Service Support: Wie die Mitarbeitenden selbstbestimmt den IT-Support durch künstliche Intelligenz aufwerten. In: Service Today, Ausgabe/Nummer: 1/21, Vol. 35, Erscheinungsjahr/Year: 2021. pp. 66-67.

Schmidt, S. L.; Li, M. M.; Weigel, S. & Peters, C. (2021): Knowledge is Power: Provide your IT-Support with Domain-Specific High-Quality Solution Material. In: International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST). Springer

Schmidt, S. L.; Li, M. M.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2021): Nutzungszentrierte Gestaltung von HI-basierten Dienstleistungen am Beispiel des IT-Supports. In: Bruhn, M. & Hadwich, K. (Eds.), Künstliche Intelligenz im Dienstleistungsmanagement (Vol. Geschäftsmodelle – Serviceinnovationen – Implementierung). Springer Gabler.

Li, M. M.; Bronner, E.; Peters, C. & Leimeister, J. M. (2020): Künstliche Intelligenz und menschliche Kompetenz zur Automatisierung und Personalisierung von Dienstleistungen am Beispiel des Support. In: Bruhn, M. & Hadwich, K. (Eds.), Automatisierung und Personalisierung von Dienstleistungen. Wiesbaden, Deutschland: Springer Gabler.