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Mark A. White

Associate Professor
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
Rouss & Robertson Halls 378
40 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Finance, Michigan State University
M.B.A., Finance, Michigan State University
M.S., Ecology, Michigan State University
B.A., Biology, Kalamazoo College
Professor White’s academic expertise lies in the areas of corporate finance and sustainable business practices. He teaches financial management in the School’s ICE program and the McIntire Business Institute, and has developed and taught numerous courses at the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden School of Business addressing business’s relationship with the natural environment.Professor White is actively involved in several collaborative research projects related to sustainable business, including efforts to model the environmental and financial implications of manufacturing biodiesel from microalgae, and the UVA Bay Game, an interactive simulation of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.Professor White believes an international experience is a “must” for a well-rounded education. He has led study-abroad trips to more than 30 countries over the past 10 years. A former Fulbright scholar, he speaks fluent German and currently holds a visiting professorship in environmental economics at the Technische Universität Dresden. Professor White has sailed twice with UVA's Semester at Sea program, serves on the Faculty Senate, and is a member of multiple sustainability-oriented committees and task forces.
CONC 100: Accounting
The course covers such critical skills as reading and analyzing annual reports, creating and maintaining a balance sheet, and measuring income and recording transactions via income and cash flow statements.
CONC 101: Finance
The course focuses on how managers make investment and financing decisions, together with the fundamentals of financial mathematics. Students also learn how to analyze financial statements using Microsoft Excel, and how all of these tools and concepts can be used in personal financial planning.
CONC 102: Management
The course offers lessons in business strategy and organizational behavior, with particular attention given to the relationship between the organization and the manager. Topics of instruction include the importance of an organization's value proposition, business strategies, and competitive positioning.
CONC 103: Marketing
Students will be exposed to such essential concepts as the marketing mix and consumer decision-making process, and will come to understand key factors influencing consumers' purchasing decisions. The marketing segment is designed to ensure that students attain a firm understanding of the demands of the marketplace and how companies can position their products for success.
CONC 104: Communication
The course focuses on fundamentals of business communication style, skills and metrics, including an introduction to direct style communication. Students will work to identify, and then improve, their personal speaking style; they will learn fundamentals of public speaking non-verbals, learn basic business briefing structure, and learn the importance of audience-centered business speaking.
CONC 110: Business Fundamentals
This program provides students with foundational business knowledge in the key areas of accounting, finance and Excel, management, and marketing. Topics covered in Business Fundamentals include, but are not limited to, building financial statements, competitive positioning, entrepreneurship, and pricing strategy.
CONC 200: Sustainable Business
Learning through the lens of social, environmental and fiscal responsibility, students advance skills, develop an understanding of fundamental challenges, and identify the business opportunities that spring from our sustainability crisis. Topics include, but are not limited to, sustainable design, strategy for sustainability, energy and climate change, and social marketing.
CONC 400: Business Essentials
Students will learn foundational business knowledge in the key areas of accounting, finance and Excel, management, and marketing. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, building financial statements, competitive positioning, entrepreneurship, and pricing strategy.
COMM 3030: Quantitative and Financial Analysis
Credits: 4
Covers basic analytical tools used in marketing and finance. Introduces a disciplined problem-solving process to structure, analyze, and solve business problems that is used extensively in case discussions. Topics include marketing research; exploratory data analysis, financial statement analysis, basic stock and bond valuation, pro forma statement analysis, cash budgeting, capital budgeting, regression analysis, and analyzing risk and return. Excel is used extensively throughout this session. Prerequisite: Third-year Commerce standing.
COMM 3040: Strategic Value Creation
Credits: 5
Provides an overview of corporate & global strategy, introducing frameworks for valuing companies, assessing the impact of strategic initiatives on firm value, & understanding corporate communication strategies & techniques. Topics include corporate governance, diversification, mergers & acquisitions, alliances, international market entries, DCF & relative valuation methods, corporate reputation management, investor & media relations.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
GSVS 4559: New Course in Global Environments & Sustainability
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
COMM 4589: Global Commerce Immersion: General Topics
Credits: 3
Global Commerce courses that do not count in any concentration.
ETP 4693: The Business of Saving Nature
Credits: 3
Human activities are currently resulting in an unprecedented decline in the biological diversity of our planet. The conversion of natural lands for agriculture and urbanization, together with the alteration of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems, is resulting in the extinction of species that depend on these ecosystems as essential habitat. Recognition of the impacts of human activity on biological diversity has led to a growing international environmental movement to promote the preservation of natural ecosystems. The preservation of biological diversity is dependent on the integration of conservation objectives into the framework of regional economic development, which will require a blending of our scientific and economic understanding about these issues. This course focuses on the scientific and economic issues related to the conservation and preservation of natural ecosystems via an insitutional learning experience.
COMM 4822: Invest in Sustainable Future
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary course focuses on understanding, identifying and analyzing investment projects hastening our transition to a sustainable society. Working together in multidisciplinary teams, participants will analyze real-world opportunities applying rigorous standards for sustainability, strategic fit, financial performance, and practicality.
COMM 4993: Independent Study in Commerce
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under the supervision of a Commerce instructor. A project directly related to business must be submitted to, and approved by, the supervising instructor prior to the Commerce School add date. Students may take COMM 4993 only once. Prerequisite: Fourth-year Commerce standing.
GCOM 7993: Independent Study and Supervised Research
Credits: 1–9
Students taking this course will explore areas and issues of special interest that are not otherwise covered in the graduate curriculum. This course is offered at the discretion of the supervising professor.
GBUS 8463: Business and Sustainability
Credits: 2
This course is intended to provide students with a comprehensive conceptual and applied understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities facing corporations on a global scale with primary emphasis on environmental sustainability. Students will be exposed to a variety of pressing sustainability issues and to new techniques and approaches for successfully dealing with them. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.