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

ESSEC Business School Working Paper 1319

42 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013

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Arthur Gautier

ESSEC Business School

Anne-Claire Pache

ESSEC Business School

Imran Chowdhury

Pace University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Corporate Philanthropy, Institutional Change, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Institutional Work, Professions

Suggested Citation

Gautier, Arthur and Pache, Anne-Claire and Chowdhury, Imran, Nonprofit Roles in For-Profit Firms: The Institutionalization of Corporate Philanthropy in France (2013). ESSEC Business School Working Paper 1319. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2364350

Arthur Gautier (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

Anne-Claire Pache

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

Imran Chowdhury

Pace University ( email )

One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038
United States

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