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.
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