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Welcome from the Business Department Chair    
 Vicki Herriott, JD, LLM
At the core of all our degree programs is a profound understanding about human development.

It is within the capability of any man or woman to develop the quality of enlightenment, which is a life free of stress and strain in which one spontaneously acts rightly, in accord with the evolutionary needs of one’s environment, in accord with natural law. The human development that makes this possible is development of the most profound nature of one’s being, the wakefulness that supports all experience: consciousness itself. The science and technology of this approach to management education is Consciousness-Based ManagementSM.

The implications of this approach to management education are extraordinary. Human resource management is something more than selecting, training and compensating employees; it becomes the process by which people get 200% of life, inner happiness and outer fulfillment. Sustainable business becomes something more than empowering stakeholders, reducing pollution and redesigning products; deep green sustainability is about developing the ability to act spontaneously in harmony with nature.

We welcome you to look around our web site. See the degrees we offer—certificates, bachelor's, MBA and PhD. Learn about the scholarship of our faculty, our international partnerships, and the projects our students are working on.

-Vicki Herriott, J.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor of Law and Government and Co-chair of the Department



Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Business Administration at MUM is to develop business leaders with the consciousness, knowledge, and practical skills to create sustainable value-producing, life-supporting rewards and benefits for themselves, their stakeholders and the natural environment and to help students develop the knowledge, creativity and organizing power to be successful in a dynamic, ever changing, business environment.



General Goals of All Degrees
The specific facts and theories about business will change over time, but several personal qualities that develop through Consciousness-Based Management will form the basis for our students' success throughout their careers.
  • Students should develop the qualities associated with enlightenment: inner peace, alertness, creative intelligence, spiritual experience, balance of heart and mind, and ethical awareness and behavior. The practice of the Transcendental Meditation program by all students, faculty and staff at MUM is the foundation for this development.
  • Our students should develop effective research skills (information literacy), effective thinking and reasoning, including the use of logic and evidence, and effective analytic problem solving using the knowledge of business functions (marketing, accounting, finance, operations, management).  The scholarship of our faculty and the clarity of mind of our students promote this objective.
  • Our students should develop synthetic thinking: clarity and precision in problem formulation and creativity in identifying options for decision. A clear, settled mind, functioning from the lively wakefulness of fully developed consciousness, is the best preparation for creativity in business.
  • Our students should develop effective presentation skills, both written and oral. A clear mind and an ability to work without taking on stress and strain helps the student achieve this objective.
  • Our students should develop professional standards of behavior and ethics in business and an orientation toward sustainability and world citizenship. This broad awareness is the natural result of relieving one’s mind and body of stress and strain through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program.
  • Our students should develop clarity about their personal strengths and career goals. This is one of the most profound effects of Consciousness-Based Management. With a clear mind and deep, settled awareness, our students can better feel what works for them and what does not.



A Unique Perspective on Business
The unique perspective on business at MUM is perhaps best illustrated by comparing some "conventional principles" of business, which kept life rooted in ignorance in ages past, with "consciousness-based" principles that are emerging in an age where the current knowledge-based paradigm of business would find its fulfillment in Consciousness-Based Management. The following chart is inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's 1978 presentation of "Old and New Principles" in many fields of life.

Conventional Principles

Consciousness-Based Principles

The more you do, the more you accomplish.

Do less and accomplish more. Work smarter, not harder.

It takes money to make money.

It takes intelligence, good ideas, to make money.

Money is the root of all evil.

The greatest enemy in life is fatigue, which diminishes clarity of mind and reduces creativity.

The means for business expansion (money) collect around businesses that are profitable, that have bargaining power.

The means for expansion (support of Natural Law) collect around individuals who have sattva, less stress in the nervous system, more purity of heart and mind.

The purpose of business is to make a profit for owners.

The role of business in society is to create value and share that value among owners, employees, society, and the natural environment.

Natural resources are finite. There are limits to growth that will bring suffering to mankind.

Human resources have infinite potential. The experience of unbounded awareness, stabilized in activity and refined to unity consciousness, brings liberation to mankind.

For a start-up firm, too much money is better than too little.

For a start-up firm, too little money is better than too much money, because it forces the owner to solve problems rather than buy a way out of them.

Acquiring industrial secrets, by any means, is the way to get a competitive advantage.

Developing the creative intelligence of employees is the only source of truly sustainable competitive advantage.

Money, fame and power are the goal in life.

Higher states of consciousness are the goal in life. They give 200% of life, 100% inner fulfillment and 100% outer success.

When problems become difficult, engage a high-priced consultant.

When problems become difficult, engage the managing intelligence of Nature by experiencing the seat of Natural Law in one’s own settled awareness. Then call the consultant and learn as necessary.

Work earns a living, however boring it might be.

All work, even routine work, stabilizes the unbounded awareness experienced during the Transcendental Meditation technique to progressively unfold and utilize maximum creativity.

Every businessman wants to turn a “quick buck.”

Business people want to create a sustainable company that lasts a long time.

Labor is a factor of production.

People are the essential resource of a company, the repository of its knowledge and seat of its creativity.

Buildings, equipment and inventories are the core asset of a company.

Knowledge, in the form of people, data, manuals, and patents, is the core asset of a company.

Management is a nasty job.

Administration is a spiritual practice.

Financial markets are driven by fear and greed.

Financial resources flow to activities that create sustainable value, because investors have a long time horizon and experience fulfillment independent of their possessions.


Through Maharishi's new insights into the mechanics of action from the level of silence to utilize the infinite skill of nature for unlimited success, business and industry in every nation has the means to unfold the infinite creativity of every member of management and labor for the fulfillment of every individual, the prosperity and progress of every industry, and the self-sufficiency and invincibility of every nation.


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