My research explores how we may organize for and make sense of grand challenges such as climate change, inequality or health. In previous and ongoing studies, I investigate struggles over meaning between business, political and civil society actors in addressing grand challenges, such as the UN SDGs from two different lenses: discursive legitimation strategies, and corporate political roles and democracy. A discursive perspective is particularly fruitful for my research program since language enables and hinders actors in their efforts towards institutional maintenance or change. Another line of my research examines corporate political strategies and its potential implications for democracy. Political struggles may be visible such as standard lobbying, activist campaigns and discursive arguments, but they may also be invisible, operating through diffused power mechanisms and taken-for-granted arrangements. Specifically, I study the governance and meaning structures around fracking, smoking, digital sustainability, and the social economy. You may find my latest publications below.

Peer Reviewed

Etchanchu, H. and Djelic, M.L. Old Wine in New Bottles? Parentalism, Power and its Legitimacy in Business-Society Relations. Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming, View a video summary for this article at FNEGE Medias.

How is power justified and sustained in modern business-society relations? from FNEGE MEDIAS on Vimeo.

Etchanchu, H. and Djelic, M.L. (2018) Old Wine in New Bottles? Parentalism, Power and its
Legitimacy in Business-Society Relations. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018 (1),

Djelic, M.L. and Etchanchu, H. (2017). Contextualizing Corporate Political Responsibilities:
Neoliberal CSR in Historical Perspective.  Journal of Business Ethics, 142 (4): 641–661.

Book chapters

Etchanchu, H. (2015): The public debate in France. In: Hübner, A., Vetter, A., Horsfield, B. (Eds.),
Shale gas: factual scientific argument for and against; the scientific perspective of the expert network of the Shale Gas Information Platform SHIP, Potsdam : GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Version 1.0, pp. 184—189.

Case Studies

Etchanchu, H. and Mathe, H. 2015. Innovation at BlaBlaCar: Creating a Community for Ridesharing. ESSEC Business Cases: CCMP. Multi-media case: 

Non-Peer reviewed

Nakara, W. and Etchanchu, H. 2019. L’entrepreneuriat, une voie d’émancipation pour les femmes battues. The Conversation. 18/07.

Pavie, X. and Etchanchu (Schneider), H. 2012. Responsabilité et Innovation dans le Service.
Public. (Responsibility and Innovation in Public Service). ESSEC Publishing

Etchanchu (Schneider), H. 2010. The Girl Done Good. Studying at ESSEC Business School.
Financial Times. September 20.