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PACHE Anne-Claire

Department : Public & Private Policy
Campus de Cergy



Anne-Claire Pache is Professor in Social Innovation at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. She is the chair holder of ESSEC's Chair in Philanthropy. She graduated from ESSEC Business School in 1994, holds a Master in Public Administration (2001) from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from INSEAD (2010).

Her research interests lie at the intersection of organizational theory and social innovation, with a particular emphasis on pluralistic environments, hybrid organizations, and scaling-up processes in organizations. She has conducted qualitative studies in the field of social enterprises, corporate philanthropy and private foundations. She has authored several books and articles, including in the Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review and Leadership Quarterly. She served as ESSEC Dean for Academic Programs between 2014 and 2017 and is currently Associate Dean for Strategy and Sustainability. She is Associate Editor at Journal of Organization Design.

Before embarking on an academic career, Anne-Claire Pache was part of the co-founding team of Unis-Cité, a French nonprofit organization that pioneered youth civil service in France. She is still on the board of Unis-Cité today, as well as of an Impact Investment Fund.


  • 2010 : Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (INSEAD, France )
  • 2001 : Master in Public Administration - Major in Non Profit Management (Harvard University, United States of America )
  • 1996 : Master in Urban Planning (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, France )
  • 1994 : MSc in Management (ESSEC Business School, France )


    Full-time academic appointments

    • 2015 - Present : Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2012 - 2015 : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)
    • 2010 - 2012 : Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School, France)

    Other Academic Appointments

      • 2011 - Present : Chaired Professor of the Chair in Philanthropy (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2020 - 2022 : Associate Dean Strategy and Sustainability (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2020 - 2021 : Academic director TOGETHER (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2014 - 2017 : Dean for Academic Programs (ESSEC Business School, France)
      • 2001 - 2009 : Cofounder and Secretary General of the Social Entrepreneurship Chair (ESSEC Business School, France)

    Professional appointments

    • 1994 - 1999 : Co-founder and Co-Director (UNIS-CITE, France)


  • 2000 : Annette Kate Fellowship for Harvard Kennedy School
  • 1999 : Arthur Sachs Scholarship for Harvard Kennedy School
  • 1999 : Harvard Club of France Fellow
  • 1999 : Harvard Club of France Scholarship


  • 2020 : 2020 Academy of Management Review Decade Award
  • 2020 : Francqui Chair Holder (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  • 2016 : 2016 AOM Best Paper Award on the History of Corporate Responsibility
  • 2014 : Finalist Syntec Prize for Research on Management
  • 2012 : 2011 EGOS Best Paper Award
  • 2011 : 2010 Academy of Management Review Best Paper finalist

Journal articles


Book chapters

Conference Proceedings

Presentations at an Academic or Professional conference

Working Papers

Technical reports, White papers

Published cases

Research activities

    Reviewer for a journal

  • Reviewer for Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Function in an academic association

  • 2014 - 2017 : Representative at large OMT Division, Academy of Management, États-Unis
  • Member of an academic association

  • 1971 - Present : Member, Academy of Management, États-Unis
  • 1971 - Present : Member, European Group for Organizational Studies, Belgique
  • Other academic activity

  • 2020 - Present : International Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Royaume-Uni
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference

  • 1971 - Present : Ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Annual Meeting (OMT division, PNP division), Academy of Management, États-Unis