Associate Professor, General Management

  • Co-director, Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab
  • F.W.P. Jones Faculty Fellow


Dr. Jean-Philippe Vergne ('JP') is an associate professor with a focus on organization theory and strategy. JP's research examines how socially contested and/or illegal organizations affect the birth, death and renewal of industries operating at the vanguard of capitalist economies.

JP coordinates a research program on bitcoin, blockchain technology and FinTech [more on this here].

JP has taught strategy and a course on industry disruption by ‘pirate’ organizations in undergraduate, graduate, executive MBA and executive education programs.

For more information, click on the link on the right to download JP's full CV.


  • HBA: Strategy
  • HBA2: The Dark Side of Capitalism: Pirates, Mavericks, and Industry Renewal
  • Executive Education: Industry Disruption in the Age of Rapid Technological Change


  • PhD, HEC Paris
  • MPhil in Economics, La Sorbonne University
  • MPhil in Organization Science, IAE Paris
  • MSc in Management, HEC Paris

Selected Publications

  • Vergne, JP & Swain, G. Forthcoming. Categorical anarchy in the UK? The British media’s classification of bitcoin and the limits of categorization. Research in the Sociology of Organizations [here]
  • Vergne, JP & Depeyre, C. 2016. How do firms adapt? A fuzzy-set analysis of the role of cognition and capabilities in U.S. defence firms’ responses to 9/11. Academy of Management Journal [here]
  • Durand, R. & Vergne JP. 2015. Asset divestment as a response to media attacks in stigmatized industries. Strategic Management Journal, 36(8): 1205-23. [here]
  • Vergne, JP, & T. Wry. 2014. Categorizing Categorization Research: Review, Integration, and Future Directions. Journal of Management Studies, 51(1): 56-94. [here]
  • Vergne, JP. 2013. Qwerty is dead, long live path dependence! Research Policy, 42: 1191-1194. [here]
  • Durand, R., & JP Vergne. 2013. The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism. Cambridge (MA): Harvard Business Review Press. [here]
  • Vergne, JP. 2012. Stigmatized categories and public disapproval of organizations: A mixed methods study of the global arms industry (1996-2007). Academy of Management Journal, 55(5):1027-1052. [here].
  • Vergne, JP. 2011. Toward a new measure of organizational legitimacy: Method, validation, and illustration, Organizational Research Methods, 14(3): 484-502. [here]
  • Vergne, JP., & R. Durand. 2011. The path of most persistence: an evolutionary perspective on path dependence and dynamic capabilities, Organization Studies, 32(3): 365-382. [here]
  • Vergne, JP., & R. Durand. 2010. The missing link between the theory and empirics of path dependence: Conceptual clarification, testability issue, methodological implications, Journal of Management Studies, 47: 736-759. [here]