Jeffrey A. Kappen is Founder and Managing Partner at Bâton Global, a research-driven advisory firm working in the areas of strategy, leadership, and innovation. This includes serving as an advisor and consultant to private and public sector organizations supporting them with the development and execution of their global strategies, leadership development programs, and market analysis. Additionally, Jeff also directs Bâton Global’s global research practice. His sector expertise includes agriculture, education, and energy. His regional expertise has focused on emerging markets, especially in Central / South East Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Concurrent to his role at Bâton Global (b|G), Jeff is also an Associate Professor of Management and International Business at Drake University. In addition to teaching in the areas of leadership, management, global studies, and sustainable development, Jeff maintains an active research agenda on the formation of transnational partnerships, the influence of culture and religion on business, and diversity in organizations, and the resolution of issues resulting from socio-cultural differences. Jeff is also serving as acting director of the Principal Center for Global Citizenship and the Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs, (through which he manages the international co-curricular programming of the university), and as chair of the nation’s largest chapter of the Academy of International Business.
Jeff holds a B.A. with honors in International Relations, French, and Russian from Beloit College, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Management and Organization Studies from the University of Massachusetts.