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Matthew C. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy

Matthew is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake University, and founding partner of Bâton Global LLC, a strategy and research advisory firm.

Matthew is a recipient of Drake University's Madelyn M. Levitt Teacher of the Year Award and is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He has served as Executive Editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice and is a Fellow of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business.

Matthew earned degrees in physics, math and an MBA from Rollins College. He earned his PhD in International Business from the University of South Carolina – the world’s leading program in international business. His research investigates the relationship between firm strategy, politics and religion in global markets. He has written and published extensively on these topics.

Matthew advises Fortune 500 companies, governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. He has travelled, lived, and worked in more than 75 countries.

Research, teaching and consulting expertise:

  • Strategy: strategic management systems, agility and facilitation
  • Innovation: sigital transformation, ideation, and data-analytics
  • Leadership: workforce engagement, culture and coaching
  • Research: benchmarking, scales and customized insights

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-3138
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 329


  • Ph.D., International Business, University of South Carolina
  • M.B.A., Management, Crummer Graduate School of Business
  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Rollins College

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive leadership development programs
  • Strategy: global and domestic
  • International management
  • Cross-cultural communication
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