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Jeffrey A. Kappen

Assistant Professor of International Business

Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen is an Assistant Professor of International Business at Drake University. Grounded primarily in institutional approaches, his research examines how socio-cultural differences are negotiated and legitimated within organizing processes. Current projects include the formation of new transnational partnerships and organizational practices across varieties of capitalism, the influence of religion on shaping industry norms and social impact, and the implications of corporate language policies. His most recent publications have explored the impact of culture and religion on insurance, financial services, and sustainability issues in emerging markets. Dr. Kappen holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Beloit College in International Relations and Modern Languages, an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Organization Studies from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Before returning to academia, Dr. Kappen spent ten years working with companies from start-ups to the Fortune 100, which included over three years working and studying in Europe and South America.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4095
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber


  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of Massachusetts
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., International Relations, French, and Russian, Beloit College

Areas of Expertise

  • International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Theory
  • Language and Diversity Issues in Organizations
  • Social Impact and Sustainability
March 9, 2018
Students in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration met with faculty, staff, and community leaders last month to celebrate and support the role of women in leadership.