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Jean-Philippe Vergne

Associate Professor, General Management & Strategy

Director, Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab

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  • Fintech
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Institutions
  • Competition
  • Industry Disruption
  • Defence
  • Piracy

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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. In 2013, he published a book on the history of capitalism and piracy (The Pirate Organization: Lessons from the Fringes of Capitalism, Harvard Business Review Press, with R. Durand).

In recent years, JP’s research has focused on how blockchain and other financial technologies are reshaping patterns of organizational authority and coordination. He is the founding coordinator of the Cryptoeconomics Lab and the Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School. JP teaches about strategy, innovation, and technology across programs (undergraduate, MBA, PhD, Executive Education).

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  • HBA: Strategy
  • HBA2: The Dark Side of Capitalism: Pirates, Mavericks, and Industry Renewal
  • Executive Education: Industry Disruption in the Age of Rapid Technological Change; Strategizing in the age of FinTech
  • MBA: Strategic Innovation in the Age of Decentralization
  • PhD: Strategy II (sociological and psychological theories)

Programs Taught

  • HBA
  • MBA
  • PhD
  • Executive Education


  • 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.; Wernicke, G. W.; Brenner, S. H. B., 2018, "Signal incongruence and its consequences: A study of media disapproval and CEO overcompensation", Organization Science, October 29(5): 755 - 987.
  • 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, July 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 911", 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, June 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 (19962007)", 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.

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