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Anne-Claire Pache

Professeure en Innovation Sociale - Professeure Titulaire de la Chaire Philanthropie, ESSEC

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. 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.


  • –present
    Professeur en Innovation Sociale - Professeur Titulaire de la Chaire Philanthropie, ESSEC


  • 2009 
    INSEAD, PhD in Organizational Behavior