Anne-Claire PACHE

department: Public & Private Policy
Campus de Cergy
+33 (0) 1 34 43 30 19
Social Business – Sustainable development – Sustainability & Social Accounting

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 Social Innovation. 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 (École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées France)
  • 1994: MSc in Management (ESSEC Business School France)
Other Academic Appointments
    • 2022 – 2023 : Chaired Professor of the Chair Social entrepreneurship (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2020 – 2024 : Academic director TOGETHER (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2014 – 2017 : Dean for Academic Programs (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2011 – 2023 : Chaired Professor of the Chair in Philanthropy (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2001 – 2009 : Cofounder and Secretary General of the Social Entrepreneurship Chair (ESSEC Business School France)
Other appointments
    • 2020 – 2024 : Associate Dean Strategy and Sustainability (ESSEC Business School France)
Full-time academic appointments
    • 2015 – Now : Professor (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2012 – 2015 : Associate Professor (ESSEC Business School France)
    • 2010 – 2012 : Assistant Professor (ESSEC Business School France)
Professional appointments
    • 1994 – 1999 : Co-founder and Co-Director (UNIS-CITE France)


  • 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


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

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Other activities
Research activities
  • Other academic activity
    • 2020 – Now: International Research Fellow (University of Oxford United Kingdom)
  • Function in an academic association
    • 2014 – 2017: Representative at large OMT Division (Academy of Management United States of America)
  • Member of an academic association
    • 1971 – Now: Member (Academy of Management United States of America)
    • 1971 – Now: Member (European Group for Organizational Studies Belgium)
  • Participation in scientific commissions or reviewer for a conference
    • 1971 – Now: Ad-hoc reviewer for Academy of Management Annual Meeting (OMT division, PNP division) (Academy of Management United States of America)
  • Reviewer for a journal
    • Reviewer for Academy of Management Journal; Academy of Management Review; Administrative Science Quarterly