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Indiana University Bloomington

Kelley Direct Programs

Message from the Chair

Phil Powell

Kelley Direct faculty chair and clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy

“Our on-the-ground experience focuses on leadership. Students must organize themselves to deliver a high stakes solution in a foreign environment—this forces students to overcome any weaknesses they have and to work with and inspire their peers.”


“We embraced the Kelley team’s recommendations … I had the support of a new company structure and the production is running smoothly.” 
Maria Matenge 
Business Manager 
Bokone Industries 

“It became clear that we were more than students abroad—we were a respected voice, we had something real to offer and people heard us. I’ll never forget that feeling.” 
Carolyn Kirwin 
Kelley Direct MBA student
AGILE: Botswana, 2013

Leadership & Emerging Markets

Solve a real problem in an emerging market and add it to your resume with AGILE—Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education.

With Kelley Direct’s innovative AGILE curriculum you can gain real-world international business experience while pursuing your online degree. Through our tiered approach, you can choose from a variety of immersive global consulting experiences that combine online and in-country experiences to fit your schedule.

Take on a high-stakes problem

Take on a high-stakes problem faced by your client—a real business in an emerging economy. As part of a competitively selected student team dealing with an unfamiliar locale and culture, this experience will accelerate development of your global executive leadership skills as you quickly adapt your business knowledge and make decisions to deliver solutions to complex challenges.

Student-led team deployments build skills in:

  • Innovative thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Consulting
  • Project management
  • Cultural and emotional intelligence
  • Data collection, market, and operations research
Diamond Sorters Botswana
AGILE team touring a diamond-sorting facility in Botswana in 2013.
We offer an elective AGILE course each quarter, often in partnership with other top business schools around the world. Current experiences take students to global hubs of emerging economic opportunity:
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Gaborone, Botswana
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • New Delhi, India
  • Beijing, China

Once you are accepted to Kelley Direct, work with your advisor to incorporate this life-changing opportunity into your plan of study.