Jean-Philippe Vergne


Jean-Philippe Vergne is an associate professor with a focus on organization theory and strategy at the Ivey Business School at Western University. 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 Ivey’s Crypto Capitalism Center and the co-Director of the school’s Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab. JP teaches strategy, a course on industry disruption by ‘pirate’ organizations, as well as modules focusing on FinTech in executive programs. He can be reached at

Disrupting the IPO

by Issue: January / February 2018

Despite some high-profile scams, initial coin offerings represent a promising new digital avenue for fundraising for ventures that understand cryptoeconomics.