Associate Professor, General Management & Strategy

  • 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

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Vergne, J-P., Swain, G., 2017, "Categorical Anarchy in the U.K.? The British Media's Classification of Bitcoin and the Limits of Categorization", Research in the Sociology of Organizations 51: 185 - 222.
  • Wang, S., Vergne, J-P., 2017, "Buzz Factor or Innovation Potential: What Explains Cryptocurrencies’ Returns?", PLoS One, January 12(1).
  • Vergne, J-P., Depeyre, C., 2016, "How do firms adapt? A fuzzy-set analysis of the role of cognition and capabilities in U.S. defense firms' responses to 9/11", Academy of Management Journal, October 59(5): 1653 - 1680.
  • Durand, R., Vergne, J-P., 2015, "Asset divestment as a response to media attacks in stigmatized industries", Strategic Management Journal, August 36(8): 1205 - 1223.
  • Vergne, J-P., Wry, T., 2014, "Categorizing Categorization Research: Review, Integration, and Future Directions", Journal of Management Studies, January 51(1): 56 - 94.
  • Vergne, J-P., 2013, "Qwerty is dead, long live path dependence!", Research Policy, July/August 42(6-7): 1191 - 1194.
  • Vergne, J-P., 2012, "Stigmatized Categories and Public Disapproval of Organizations: A Mixed Methods Study of the Global Arms Industry (1996–2007)", Academy of Management Journal, October 55(5): 1027 - 1052.
  • Vergne, J-P., 2011, "Towards a New Measure of Organizational Legitimacy: Method, Validation, and Illustration", Organizational Research Methods, July 14(3): 484 - 502.
  • Vergne, J-P., Durand, R., 2011, "The Path of Most Persistence: An Evolutionary Perspective on Path Dependence and Dynamic Capabilities", Organization Studies, March 32(3): 365 - 382.
  • Vergne, J-P., Durand, R., 2010, "The Missing Link Between the Theory and Empirics of Path Dependence: Conceptual Clarification, Testability Issue, and Methodological Implications", Journal of Management Studies, June 47(4): 736 - 759.