The Four Spheres of Value Co-Creation in Humanitarian Professional Services

Pillitteri, F., Mazzola, E. & Bruccoleri, M.
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Date published
25 Feb 2021
Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Research, reports and studies
Development & humanitarian aid, Human Rights, humanitarian action, Humanitarian Principles, Inclusion, Government, Organisational, Social protection


Purpose – The study focuses on the value co-creation processes in humanitarian professional services provision, analysing the key enabling factors of beneficiaries’ participation, involved in long-term integration programmes (L-TIPs).

Design/methodology/approach – Through an in-depth case study, the research looks at the practices of value co-creation in humanitarian professional services, considering both the perspectives of the professional service provider and beneficiary.

Findings – In professional services beneficiary’s participation affects the success of the L-TIPs outcomes. Participation’s enablers can be classified into four different spheres, each belonging to different elements of professional service: the beneficiary, the professionals, the service design and the external environment.

Research limitations/implications – This paper contributes to the literature on humanitarian operations & supply chain management. By focussing on an understudied phase of the disaster life-cycle management, it contributes to the theory of value co-creation by exploring new issues and drivers of beneficiary’s participation.

Practical implications – This research has interesting implications for policymakers and humanitarian practitioners. First, guidelines for professionals’ behaviours and interventions should be designed as well as new practices and strategies should be adopted. Second, governments should avoid concentrating L-TIPs in few big humanitarian centres.

Pillitteri, F., Mazzola, E. & Bruccoleri, M.