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Jungsoo Ahn




  • Jean-Philippe Vergne (UCL)


Jungsoo Ahn is a Strategy PhD Candidate at the Ivey Business School. He explores how categorization of firms shapes investor evaluations, thereby driving their investment decisions in two related settings, namely corporate venture capital (CVC) in the fintech space and blockchain startup crowdfunding. He draws on multiple secondary databases and supplement them with a combination of field interviews and computational text analysis techniques (e.g., natural language processing, topic modelling) to develop new theory and inform decision-making.

Past Education

  • MS | Business Administration (Graduate School of Business, Yonsei University, 2017)
  • BA | Business Administration (College of Business, Yonsei University, 2012)
  • Exchange Student Program (Singapore Management University, 2009-2010)

Research Interests:

Strategic Management, Organizational Theory, Categorization, FinTech/Blockchain


  • Ahn & JP Vergne, “Yuser: Funding Start-up Growth with Token Issuance?” Ivey Case
  • Watkiss & J. Ahn, “Sensemaking in and around Organizations”. In Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Ed. Ricky Griffin. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • Kwon, J. Ahn, J. Kim, and J. Yang. 2016 “The Role of Noise in a Mutual Selection and Learning Model” Journal of East and West Studies 28: 151-174.

Awards and Honours

  • SRF Dissertation Research Grant, SMS (USD 10,000) ’20-22
  • Kauffman Best Student Paper Award in Entrepreneurial Cognition, AoM (USD 1,000) ‘20
  • John F. Rankin Doctoral Scholarship, Ivey Business School (CAD 5,000) ‘20-21
  • Plan for Excellence Doctoral Fellowship, Ivey Business School 2017-2021


  • “Dazed or Confused: Unpacking the Ambivalent Effect of Category Straddling on Audience Appeal Among Blockchain Ventures” (with JP Vergne)

              Academy of Management Annual Meetings. ‘20                                                    

              Academy of Management Annual Meetings. ‘19                                                            

  • “The Role of Noise in a Mutual Selection and Learning Model” (with Yongha Kwon, Ji-Hyun Kim, and Jae-Suk Yang)

             Academy of Management Annual Meetings. ‘16                                                       

Academic Service

Ad hoc reviewer

  • 2019 | Ad hoc Reviewer, 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
  • 2018 | Ad hoc Reviewer, 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
  • 2016 | Ad hoc Reviewer, 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

Relevant Professional Experience

  • KB Securities, South Korea (2012−2014) - Associate, Debt Capital Market Division


(anticipated completion 2023)

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Jungsoo Ahn

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