Associate Dean of Academic Programs
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Phil Powell is an international business scholar focused on emerging markets in Latin America, Oceania, and Africa. He has also published on issues of health care in the United States. These two interests may seem unrelated, but when it comes to teaching these topics in the Kelley School’s MBA programs, Powell says they share many characteristics.
“Both emerging markets and healthcare are new frontiers where a management education can have a big impact,” says Powell. “As a scholar, I have to adapt that education and make sure it’s practical. That is very similar for both environments. When you confront a challenge, you learn how to be innovative, and when you’re innovative, you can lower costs and bring more value to the market.”
Powell is currently Associate Dean of Academic Programs for the Kelley School on the Indianapolis campus. Previous to becoming Associate Dean in July 2016, he sequentially served as faculty chair of the Kelley School’s major graduate programs: the Evening MBA program in Indianapolis (2006-2009), the Full-time MBA program in Bloomington (2009-2012), and the Kelley Direct online MBA and MS programs (2012-2016). As Evening MBA faculty chair, Powell helped to start the MD/MBA dual degree program with the School of Medicine. As chair of the Full-time MBA and Kelley Direct programs, he built a curriculum which took MBAs to emerging markets to complete consulting projects for small businesses.