My research explains how firms can collaborate with NGOs and government to solve ESG and sustainability issues of mutual concern.

I mainly focus on how these problems can be overcome in emerging markets, where weaker market-based institutions often make such issues particularly salient.

A first hallmark of my work is that it spans different levels of analysis: I show that the inter-organizational level of analysis (i.e., cross-sector partnerships) can be better understood in light of underlying intra-organizational factors (i.e., the people within partner organizations that are involved in making these relationships work) and the overarching macro-level environment (i.e., the institutional constraints that partners are affected by and seek to alter). 

A second distinctive facet of my research is that I use different methods across my papers for analyzing rich qualitative and quantitative data that I have collected myself in very diverse empirical settings.  These data cover different types of organizations (from global and domestic firms across different industries to diverse nonprofit organizations) operating in different geographies (from cross-country comparisons worldwide to deeper regional studies in Africa, Brazil and India).   

Aline Gatignon is the Govil Family Faculty Scholar and Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School. She is also a member of the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI),  a Faculty Affiliate with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Penn Center for Africana Studies, and a Senior Fellow with the Global Scope Lab (GLOB-S) at George Washington University.

She completed her Ph.D. in Strategic Management at  INSEAD, and previously received a M.A. in Development Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).

Aline’s research and pedagogical case studies have been recognized with several awards, including the Strategic Management Society Best PhD Paper Award and the European Foundation for Management Development case study competition award. Her work has been listed as part of INSEAD’s “50 Years, 50 Women, 50 Ideas” series.

She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and sits on the Research Committee of the STR division for the Academy of Management Association.

©2020 by Aline Gatignon.