- Emeritus Professor of Business Ethics
Chair of Business Ethics
Ph. D. in Industrial Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
Ph. D. in Theology, University of Navarra, Spain
Master of Science, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Areas of Interest
* Business in Society
* Ethical Issues in Business
* Philosophy of Management
* Humanism in Organizational Cultures
* Christian Ethics and Spirituality in Management
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 researched and written extensively on the areas of economic and business ethics, corporate social responsibility, Christian social thought, spirituality in management, philosophy of management and humanistic management.
He has published over 70 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 has chaired 18 editions of the International Symposia on Ethics, Business and Society led by IESE since 1991. He is the co-founder of IESE's Center for Business in Society, the director of the quarterly review Temes d'Avui (in Catalan) and vice-president of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)-Spain.
He is authored several books including Human Foundations of Management (2014), Management Ethics: Placing Ethics at the Core of Good Management (2012), Business Ethics in Action. Seeking Human Excellence in Organizations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009; 2nd edition is forthcoming)); 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., 2003) and Ética en dirección de empresas (Ethics in Management) (1997). He co-edited, among others, Human Development in Business, con C. Dierksmeier (2012) y Humanism in Economics and Business. Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition con M. Schlag (2015).
Prof. Melé has served as section editor of the Journal of Business Ethics for then years. Currently he is associate editor of the Humanistic management Journal and is 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 five 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 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); Christian Humanism in Economics and Business, and the International Symposia on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education.