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Working Papers (2013), ESSEC Business School

Nonprofit Roles in For-profit Firms: The Institutionalization of Corporate Philanthropy in France

In this research project we aim to understand the role of institutional entrepreneurship across multiple levels – field, organization, and micro levels – in the institutionalization of a new professional role within organizations. Specifically, we study the rise of the “corporate philanthropy manager,” a position inspired by nonprofit values and goals which developed within large French corporations during the period 1979 to 2011. The process of creating, maintaining and legitimizing this new role – philanthropy as a new business function – is the central focus of our study, and we explore how elements of the nonprofit and for-profit worlds came together in this new role, as well as the role of various actors across multiple levels in influencing this combination.

GAUTIER, A., PACHE, A.C. and CHOWDHURY, I. (2013). Nonprofit Roles in For-profit Firms: The Institutionalization of Corporate Philanthropy in France. ESSEC Business School.