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Strategy is about creating and defending a competitive advantage in changing environments. To be successful, organizations must leverage and renew their resources, competencies and leadership skills, sometimes in multiples industries at the same time. Strategic organizations are able to survive longer, perform better, and elicit favorable evaluations from their stakeholders, thereby shaping how industries change over time.

The Strategy group at Ivey consists of Mary Crossan, Rod White, Glenn Rowe, Mark Zbaracki, Laurina Zhang, Bryan Hong and Jean-Philippe Vergne. Their research examines competitive advantage at the business and corporate levels, learning and capabilities, organizational design and strategy implementation, innovation and leadership, institutions and industry evolution. Ongoing research projects look into a wide range of settings, such as music and book publishing, National Hockey League, aerospace & defense, cryptocurrency (bitcoin), manufacturing and service industries, finance, and the public sector.

*Please note that Strategy is a stream under General Management

Areas of Research Focus

  • Competitive advantage at the business and corporate levels
  • Learning and capabilities
  • Organizational design and strategy implementation
  • Innovation and leadership
  • Institutions and industry evolution

Our award-winning strategy faculty regularly publish in the field’s top journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, or Strategic Management Journal.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Strategy is one of five possible specializations within Ivey’s General Management PhD program. The Strategy specialization is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers at top business schools in Strategy, Management, or Organization departments.

Program Requirements

Students have program requirements, put into place by the PhD office, and discipline requirements, which are governed by the student’s respective area group. On a case by case basis, some students may be able to waive out of particular required courses or substitute others. Such a course of action must be approved by the PhD director

All PhD students must complete the following requirements.

Discipline Requirements

To be completed before the comprehensive exam unless otherwise noted.


These milestones are designed to ensure students make forward progress. A student who does not achieve these milestones within the required timeline may have their funding partially or fully cut or be withdrawn from the program.

Discipline Coordinator

Jean-Philippe Vergne

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 cryptocurrency, blockchain, and FinTech. He is the founding coordinator of the Crypto Capitalism Center and the co-Director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School.

JP teaches strategy, a course on industry disruption by ‘pirate’ organizations, as well as modules focusing on FinTech in executive programs.

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

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