Value co-creation in humanitarian service triads: service provision for beneficiaries

Burçin Özdamar*, Tunca Tabaklar, Aysu Göçer, Wojciech Piotrowicz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to understand how humanitarian service triad members contribute to value co-creation, and how they assess the continuity of services in humanitarian supply chains (HSCs) to ensure support for beneficiaries.
Design/methodology/approach: The study applied a qualitative methodology through a single case study of a humanitarian service triad composed of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), service providers and beneficiaries. Empirical data were collected through semi-structured interviews and observations.
Findings: The findings confirm that the humanitarian service triad perspective in HSCs allows better understanding of humanitarian assistance. The findings indicate six components grouped into a humanitarian service triad framework, namely: service design, service reachability, training serviceability, collaboration, synergy, ethical considerations and after-service care.
Research limitations/implications: This research contributes to understanding of humanitarian services provision by studying service triads in humanitarian settings. It also confirms the need for cooperation between practitioners in services provision. The findings are limited to the context of refugees in Turkey, specifically humanitarian service triad located in Izmir area.
Practical implications: The Humanitarian Service Triad Framework for Service Provision proposed in this paper can be used as a tool for policy makers and practitioners involved in service design in HSC contexts, stressing the need for including all the framework components in practice.
Originality/value: This study is one of the first to focus on a humanitarian service triad, which includes beneficiaries as triad members in long-term humanitarian service provision.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)305-332
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 21.01.2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • value co-creation
  • service triads
  • humanitarian assistance
  • refugees
  • humanitarian supply chains
  • humanitarian aid

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics


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