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Philip T. Powell - Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. Indianapolis, IN, US

Philip T. Powell Philip T. Powell

Associate Dean of Academic Programs | Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Indianapolis, IN, UNITED STATES

Philip T. Powell is the associate dean of academic programs for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus.


Secondary Titles (3)

  • Associate Dean of Academic Programs - IUPUI campus
  • Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
  • Daniel C. Smith Faculty Fellow



Philip Powell is Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He manages the Kelley School's portfolio of graduate and undergraduate programs delivered from its Indianapolis campus. He also oversees projects for the Kelley School that drive innovation, outreach, economic development, and fundraising.

Between 2012 and 2016, Powell served as faculty chair of the Kelley School's online MBA and MS programs (branded as Kelley Direct). In both 2014 and 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Kelley Direct the number one online graduate business program in the nation. Powell assumed leadership of Kelley Direct after serving as faculty chair of the Kelley School's Full-Time MBA program on its Bloomington campus. In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Kelley's Full-time MBA program number one globally in student satisfaction, career services, and teaching quality.

Powell is the Daniel C. Smith Faculty Fellow and has been with the Kelley School since 1996 as a business economics faculty member. With a Ph.D. in economics from Vanderbilt University, his published research focuses on business and economic development in emerging markets. An award winning MBA instructor, Powell teaches economics and international business in the Kelley School's MBA and executive programs. An expert in action-based learning, Powell has led MBA consulting teams to Peru, Guatemala, Fiji, South Africa, Botswana, Myanmar, Greece, and Chile. He has written cases for multinationals such as Philips, Whirlpool, UAP Kenya, and Standard Bank and Nedbank in South Africa.

Industry Expertise (3)



Business Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Economic Development

Business in Emerging Economies

Business of Healthcare

Innovation in Higher Education

Accomplishments (6)

MBA Teaching Excellence Award (professional)

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Lilly Alumni MBA Teaching Award (professional)

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

IU Leadership Development (professional)

Class of 2007

Trustee’s Teaching Award (professional)

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (professional)

Kelley School of Business at Indiana University

Rendigs Fels Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

Vanderbilt University

Education (2)

Vanderbilt University: Ph.D. 1995

University of South Carolina: B.A. 1991

Media Appearances (6)

Kelley School adds associate deans

Inside Indiana Business  online


The IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis, located on the IUPUI campus, has named two new leaders.

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Kelley School launches Propel, a new professional development program for online MBA students

IU Bloomington Newsroom  online


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Kelley Direct, the online MBA program of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, is launching a unique, comprehensive professional development program in the fall, tailored to serve both those looking to advance at their current companies as well as an increasing number of those planning to change careers.

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Midwest MBA with a Twist

CNBC  tv


Indiana University Kelley School of Business professor and faculty chair Phillip Powell, discusses how his school takes on the disruption of online education, and the immersive program at the school where students are thrust into danger zones to help small businesses get off the ground.

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How Indiana's Kelley School became number one in MBA satisfaction

Poets & Quants  online


Within two years, the school’s leaders completely turned the situation around. Last year, no full-time MBA program beat Kelley in BusinessWeek’s student satisfaction poll where it skyrocketed to the number one position from 29 in 2010. Overall, the school bounced back to a rank of 15th in the U.S.

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Examining Potential Side Effects of a CVS/Aetna Merger

Inside Indiana Business  online


Philip Powell is associate dean of academic programs at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis and he teaches in the Business of Medicine Physician MBA program.

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Hurricanes could cause produce prices to increase

Fox59  online


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — “A number of businesses: If they’re dependent upon fuel, if they’re dependent upon plastics, if they’re dependent upon tourism in Florida, they’re going to be impacted. Not in a dramatic way, but enough to see,” Powell said.

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Articles (2)

The promises and constraints of consumer-directed healthcare

Business Horizons

Philip T. Powell, Ron Laufer


Consumer-directed healthcare promises to reduce costs and increase quality by expanding provider choice for prospective patients. High-deductible insurance, employer- or government-subsidized health savings accounts, transparent pricing, and accurate information on clinical performance help generate millions of patients shopping for healthcare.

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The national healthcare crisis: Is eHealth a key solution?

Business Horizons

Hill, John and Philip T. Powell

2009 Healthcare, the largest industry in the United States, is in crisis, and threatens to bankrupt the nation's economy. Medical errors kill an estimated 98,000 people per year, and accessibility to adequate healthcare is an increasing problem for much of the country's citizenry. Despite being one of the most important keys to resolving this crisis, a national electronic healthcare network (eHealth) is under-appreciated and under-exploited, and faces several formidable barriers to implementation. Current and prospective national political leadership has focused narrowly on a subset of issues, in the belief that the crisis cannot be addressed holistically due to political interests. Yet the barriers that greatly impede eHealth's potential to help solve the crisis can only be removed in a timely manner by a comprehensive, national framework that reshapes the legal, operational, and economic landscape for eHealth. Only a greater public awareness that encourages national legislative action can enhance eHealth's potential to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare while reducing its cost.

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