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McIntire School of Commerce

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McIntire School of Commerce

The McIntire School of Commerce is one of the nation's top business schools, offering world-class undergraduate and graduate level programs that are engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge that significantly influences the ideas and actions of students, scholars, and business leaders through the world. It aspires to be the best, most innovative, globally focused undergraduate business program in the world and to offer high-quality, innovative, specialized master's degree programs, also with a global orientation. Two of McIntire’s most important elements are integrated and action-oriented learning and capitalizing on the strengths of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni through a strong culture and community. Business Week has consistently ranked McIntire as the #1 or #2 undergraduate business school.

Interest in contemplation is rapidly expanding in business for employee productivity, leadership, and well-being. McIntire is now exploring contemplation in student practice programs, as a subject matter for teaching, and for pedagogical practices. For example, marketing professor David Mick is leading a seminar each spring for 4th-year Commerce students called “Cultivating Wisdom and Well-Being for Personal and Professional Growth,” during which the topic of mindfulness is explored as a foundational skill for building wisdom. He is also co-teaching a course on meditation for 3rd-year Commerce students, to guide them toward better awareness and self-moderation of daily stress.

Professor Mick has co-edited a pioneering new book called Transformative Consumer Research for Personal and Collective Well-being, which addresses age-old questions about happiness and well-being in the context of modern consumer society in which individuals are challenged to consume sustainably and healthily. In addition, he has published several articles on wisdom in business and consumer behavior, and he has presented his work on wisdom at other universities, including the University of Chicago, McGill University, and the University of California at Irvine.