He earned his doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Navarra. In addition, he holds a degree in chemistry from the Universitat de Barcelona. He was ordained a Catholic priest (Opus Dei) in 1983. Before joining IESE in 1986 he was professor of Chemical Technology at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
Over the last 20 years, Prof. Melé has resrached and written extensively on the areas of business ethics, business in society and Catholic Social Thought. His areas of specialization include economic and business ethics, corporate social responsibility, Christian ethics and spirituality in management, philosophy of management and corporate ethics.
He has published over 50 scientific chapters and articles in referred journals, including the Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business Ethics: A European Review, Business and Society Review, and Philosophy of Management. Furthermore, he has authored about 20 case studies (IESE Publishing).
He chairs the biennial International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society led by IESE since 1991. He is the co-founder of IESE's Center for Business in Society, and the director of the quarterly review Temes d'Avui (in Catalan).
He is also the author of five books: Business Ethics in Action. Seeking Human Excellence in Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); Cristianos en la sociedad (Christians in Society), (5th ed. Rialp, Madrid, 2009), Ética en la empresa familiar (Ethics in Family Business),with M. A. Gallo (2nd ed. IESE Publishing, Barcelona, 2003); Ética en dirección de empresas (Ethics in Management) (Folio, Barcelona, 1997); and Economía y empresa al servicio del hombre (Economics and Business for Serving People), 1992; Moreover, he has edited several research books on business ethics. Recent examples include: Ética en la actividad financiera (Ethics in Financial Activity), 1998; Ética en dirección comercial y publicidad (Ethics in Marketing and Advertising), 1998; Consideraciones éticas sobre la iniciativa emprendedora y la empresa familiar (Ethical Considerations on Entrepreneurship and Family Business), 1999; and Ética en el liderazgo: retos ante el siglo XXI (Ethics in Leadership: Challenges of the 21st Century), 2000.
Prof. Melé serves as section editor (International Management) of the Journal of Business Ethics. He is also a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy of Management (UK), Corporate Governance (UK) and Ethos. International Journal of Applied Ethics (Spain). He has also been co-guest editor of four special issues of the Journal of Business Ethics. In 2003 he received the award for excellence in research from the IESE Alumni Association.
Prof. Melé regularly delivers talks at international seminars and participates in conferences organized by the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN); Society for Business Ethics (SBE); Academy of Management (AOM, Social Issues Management and Management Religion and Spirituality); International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE); and the International Symposia on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education.