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Doctoral Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy (SEPHI)

Willing to prepare the next generation, the Chair decided to innovate and organize a doctoral seminar gathering Management and Social Sciences PhD students working on social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and anything in between these two fields. The SEPHI seminar is co-organized with our colleagues from HEC Liège and emlyon business school.  

After two editions organized at ESSEC Business School, the third one will be hold in 2021 at HEC Liège in Belgium. Registration is now open!
This year, the PhD students will have the chance to discuss with Pr Johanna Mair and Dr Danielle Logue

>> Find more information and apply through this call for applications

Quelques informations concernant les éditions précédentes : 

  • July 15th-17th 2018 - 2nd edition

12 PhD students from 10 different universities (Politecnico di Milano, HEC Liège, Ben Gurion University, Linköping University, Indiana University – Purdue University, Nova School of Business, and Economics, ESSEC Business School, Deusto Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Hamburg) presented their work, and were provided with feedback. 

Two experienced professors were invited to share their research with the PhD students: Alnoor Ebrahim (Tufts University) and Filipe Santos (Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics).

  • December 11th 2015 (ESSEC) & February 23rd 2016 (HEC Liège) - 1st edition
11 PhD students from 9 different universities (Université de Liège, IAE Aix-Marseille, ESSEC Business School, University of Oxford, Université catholique de Louvain, Uppsala University, Université libre de Bruxelles, University of Basel, Universidad de Santiago de Chile) presented their work, and were provided with feedback. Four experienced professors were invited to share their research with the PhD students: 
  • Pamala Wiepking (Rotterdam School of Management)
  • Anne-Claire Pache (ESSEC Business School)
  • Kai Hockerts (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Georg von Schnurbein (University of Basel)

As an institutional member of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) since 2012, the Philanthropy Chair has organized and hosted three of the network's main events: an International Research Conference (2015) and two editions of the AGAPE (2017 and 2018).

AGAPE - A Gathering of Academic research centers on Philanthropy in Europe

AGAPE brings together leaders from academic centers of philanthropy and their practitioner partners for a series of candid and collaborative discussions regarding the challenges and opportunities in philanthropy teaching and research.

  • October 18th-19th 2018 - 2nd edition 

The second Gathering of Academic research centers on Philanthropy in Europe (AGAPE) was facilitated by ERNOP and organized by the Philanthropy Chair at ESSEC Business School in Cergy (Paris Area) on October 18-19.  This year, 27 organizations from 13 countries attended.  

Half of this year’s gathering focused on educating on philanthropy, and included sessions for different levels of experience– from elementary students to executives. The second day we paid attention to bridging the gap between academia and practitioners, and to disseminating research in a better way and to a wider audience. 

You can find a list of the different sessions below:

  • Mapping Research on Philanthropy – Present State and Future Directions
  • Finding and Nurturing Philanthropy PhD Students
  • What Works in Teaching [Undergrad] Philanthropy
  • Developing a Philanthropy Exec-Ed/Custom Training Program
  • Philanthropy, Digital Education, and E-Learning
  • Case Study: L’École de Philanthropie – How to foster youth’s interest for philanthropy

  • November 2nd-3rd 2017 - 1st edition

The 1st edition of A Gathering of Academic Centers of Philanthropy in Europe (AGAPE) took place at ESSEC Business School on November 2-3, 2017. It was organized by hosting organizations ESSEC and ERNOP.

Leaders from 22 academic centers engaged in lively discussions about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of establishing and pursuing their workThe second day provided an opportunity to engage with leaders from the European philanthropy sector. 

You will find a few key topics that were discussed during the two days below:
  • Researching Philanthropy
  • Teaching Philanthropy
  • Working with Partners
  • Communicating Impact
  • Key challenges for tomorrow's philanthropy

International Research Conference ERNOP

  • July 9th-10th 2015: 7th edition - "Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots      

On July 9th and 10th 2015, ESSEC hosted the 7the conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP). Organized by the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, with support from CERESSEC, Fondation Roi Baudouin and Transnational Giving Europe, this international meeting gathered more than 130 participants, researchers and experts, from 29 countries (Europe, but also the United States, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan...). 

This year's theme was "Interdisciplinary Research on Philanthropy: Connecting the Dots". The objective was to enhance discussions between researchers in economy, psychology, sociology and management who focus on "giving behaviors". 

The programme aimed at fostering interdisciplinary exchanges through 5 main topics:

  • Advances in Philanthropy Theory and Practice
  • Psychological and Economical Pillars in Philanthropy
  • Organizational Governance and Strategy
  • International Studies on Philanthropy
  • Cultural and Institutional Determinants in Philanthropy

    Two internationally renowned professors also presented their research: Avner Ben-Ner (University of Minnesota) presented his work about giving beneficiaries in the United States, based on experimental economy; and Johanna Mair (Hertie School of Governance) shared the results of her recently published article about "Venture Philanthropy" (Academy of Management Journal).