Our research is rooted in organization and management theory as well as in social science more broadly (history, sociology, social psychology).
In the early years of the Chair, we explored overlooked phenomena such as the institutionalization of corporate philanthropy and the rise of family philanthropy in France. We expanded our research to analyze "hybrid" philanthropic practices combining multiple models, such as impact investing, crowdfunding, and foundation-owned companies.
We also participate in collective efforts to compare philanthropy across different European countries.
The Chair's research agenda can be summarized in two distinct yet interrelated streams:
🔹 understanding philanthropy (its past, present, and future),
🔹 and enhancing its impact (strategies, impact evaluation, and policy implications).
The Philanthropy Chair has developed various working tools:
🔹 Scientific Committee: Since 2021, the Philanthropy Chair has benefited from the expertise of a Scientific Committee composed of eminent international researchers on philanthropy, who participate in the orientation of the Chair's research projects.
🔹 Research projects: The projects conducted by the Philanthropy Chair are varied in order to reflect the complexity of its field of study. The Chair's team studies the different forms of philanthropy, its origins and impact, as well as the new issues and causes that shape philanthropy.
🔹 Publications: Our work has been published in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Theory and Society, as well as in top professional journals such as the California Management Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
🔹 Seminars: In order to train the next generation of researchers, the Chair co-organizes various research seminars, including the SEPHI doctoral seminar, and ERNOP network events.
🔹 Resources: In order to participate in the creation of a research ecosystem, the Chair proposes a series of articles, books and publications that, in addition to its own publications, are keys to understanding the field of philanthropy research.