Business Ethics Department

Business is not merely a realm for profit maximizing; it is also a human reality. As such, human excellence can manifest itself in the decisions and conduct of individuals and organizations.

Our Department of Business Ethics is committed to highlighting ethics as essential to and at the core of business activity and decision-making. The complexities of a global and dynamic business world, where non-economic and economic concerns coexist, give ethics a vital role in guiding human action, always with the potential for human excellence in mind.

Founded within the framework of IESE’s mission to serve society, especially the business world, the department is committed to training future managers to consider business ethics in their analysis of business problems.

Coursework includes Leading Organizations: Systems, Values and Ethics, Christian Anthropology, Christian Humanism and Business Culture, and Social and Political Ideas for Business.

Through their research, the department’s faculty is bringing the most recent and influential ideas in business ethics to the academic and business community. Some of their findings have been published in books and prestigious journals such as The Journal of Business Ethics and Business and Society Review.

Areas of expertise

  • Ethical foundations of management
  • The role of business in society
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Ethics and decision-making
  • Humanism in organizational cultures
  • Corporate corruption and fraud

We have pioneered the organization of conferences and forums in the field such as The International Symposium on Business, Ethics and Society, with more than 15 editions, and the recent Humanizing the Firm and the Management Profession workshop.

In addition, faculty members regularly participate in the following conferences:

  • European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)
  • Society for Business Ethics (SBE)
  • International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics (ISBEE)
  • International Symposia on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education
  • Corporate government regulation
  • Performance appraisal systems & incentive systems
  • Pricing policies and product profitability: activity-based costing
  • 19th International Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society, Barcelona, July 4-5, 2016
  • The 1st Iese-Luiss Conference on Responsibility, Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship, Rome, April 18-19, 2017

Former Collaborators


Journal Articles (refereed)

FONTRODONA, J., MELÉ, D. (2022). Thinking about the future of work. Promoting dignity and human flourishing. Humanistic Management Journal, 7 (2), 181-188. doi:10.1007/s41463-022-00136-2.
JIMÉNEZ-YÁÑEZ, R.-M., FONTRODONA, J. (2022). The impact of the SDGs on non-financial corporate communications. An analysis of CaixaBank reports (2013-2019). Iberica (43), 235-259. doi:10.17398/2340-2784.43.235.
CAVOTTA, V., PALAZZO, G., VACCARO, A. (2021). Mobilizing after corporate environmental irresponsibility in a community of place. A Framing microprocess perspective. Journal of Business Ethics. doi:10.1007/s10551-021-04983-1. (Online first)
MELÉ, D. (2021). Ethics at the workplace in the fourth industrial revolution. A Catholic social teaching perspective. Business Ethics, the Environment & Responsibility, 30 (4), 72 -783. doi:10.1111/beer.12368.
ROSZKOWSKA, P., MELÉ, D. (2021). Organizational factors in the individual ethical behaviour. The Notion of the "Organizational Moral Structure". Humanistic Management Journal, 6, 187-209. doi:10.1007/s41463-020-00080-z.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2021). La responsabilidad social de la propiedad. Empresa y Humanismo, 24 (1), 7-26. doi:10.15581/015.XXIV.1.7-26.
MELÉ, D., SCHLAG, M. (2020). Building institutions for the common good. The practice and purpose of business in an inclusive economy. Humanistic Management Journal, 5 (1). doi:10.1007/s41463-020-00092-9.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2020). La responsabilidad social de la empresa según el pensamiento de Leonardo Polo. Studia Poliana (22), 101 - 118. doi:10.15581/013.22.101-118.
MELÉ, D. (2020). Bienes, normas y virtudes en ética empresarial. Studia Poliana (22), 221 - 240. doi:10.15581/013.22.221-240.
CHUN, R., ARGANDOÑA, A., CHOIRAT, C., SIEGEL, D. S. (2019). Corporate Reputation: Being Good and Looking Good. Business & Society, 58 (6), 1132 - 1142. doi:10.1177/0007650319826520.

Working Papers

ARGANDOÑA, A. (2019). ¿Es la paciencia una virtud apropiada para un directivo? (WP-1227). Barcelona: IESE.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2018). Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones: una reflexión desde la economía (WP-1208). Barcelona: IESE.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2017). El hogar: próposito, función, trabajo y cuidado (WP-1182). Barcelona: IESE.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2017). Work in the Firm: Collective Action and Common Good (WP-1186-E). Barcelona: IESE.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2017). The Home: Purpose, Function, Work and Care (WP-1182-E). Barcelona: IESE.


MONGELLI, L., RULLANI, F., VACCARO, A., VERSARI, P. (2020). Social business hybrids' diversification. Effects on socioeconomic combined performance. Academy of Management Proceedings.
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2019). La Educación Financiera y la función social de las instituciones financieras. En José M. Domínguez Martínez (Ed.), Educación Financiera: Realidades y retos (pp. 152 - 154).
MELÉ, D. (2018). Meanings of Work in Catholic Social Teaching- Dialogue with "Meaningful Work" in Organizational Studies. In Antonio Argandoña Rámiz & Francisco Javier Insa Gómez (a cura di) (Ed.), Work in a Human Economy: Business and Common Good in a Changing Society. Atti del Convegno "The Heart of Work" Pontificia Università della Santa Croce. Roma, 19-20 ottobre 2017, Volume IV/5 (pp. 95 - 113). Edizioni Santa Croce.
MELÉ, D. (2016). Beyond Business with a Human Face: Business Oriented toward the Person. Proceedings of the II Research Workshop: Missions, Leadership and Sustainability (pp. 7 - 18). Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
CAVOTTA, V., RAMUS, T., VACCARO, A. (2015). How Multiple Embeddedness Can Facilitate the Implementation of Institutional Change. Academy of Management Proceedings.

FALDETTA, G., VACCARO, A., MONGELLI, L. (2022). Nuovi modelli e nuove prospettive per l'imprenditorialità (sociale) nel sud. Nuovi modelli e nuove prospettive per l'imprenditorialità (sociale) nel sud. Enna: Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore”.
VACCARO, A. (2022). Social innovation trends in the agriculture cooperative sector.
VACCARO, A. (2020). Artificial intelligence and social entrepreneurship. Exploring intersections for societal impact.
VACCARO, A. (2020). Integrity management for the common good.
VACCARO, A. (2020). Social innovation and social enterprise. Bridging through fixing business and society. 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020, Hamburg.

Articles in other publications

CALIGIURI, M., VACCARO, A. (2020). Responsabilità e disfattismo, cosa dobbiamo all’Italia. Formiche (162).
IESE INSIGHT, (2019). Cuenta atrás para 2030. ¿Está preparada tu empresa para cumplir los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible? IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 6 - 31.
BEUNZA, D. (2019). Cómo encajar la ética y los modelos financieros. IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 56 - 63.
IESE INSIGHT, (2019). Countdown to 2030: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Are you ready? IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 6 - 31.
BEUNZA, D. (2019). When morals meet models. IESE Business School Insight (154), pp. 56 - 63.


VACCARO, A. (2022). Compliance beyond compliance. Managing organizations with integrity. Madrid: Mc-Graw Hill.
MELÉ, D. (2022). Ética Profesional. Ediciones UC - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
MELÉ, D. (2020). El valor humano y cristiano del trabajo. Enseñanzas de S. Juan Pablo II. Barañáin: EUNSA. Ediciones Universidad de Navarra.
VACCARO, A. (2020). Lo Spionaggio aziendale. Soveria Mannelli (Italia): Rubbettino Editore.
MELÉ, D. (2019). Business Ethics in Action. Managing Human Excellence in Organizations. Red Globe Press.

Edited books

VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2022). Social innovation and social enterprises. Toward a holistic perspective. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
SCHLAG, M., MELÉ, D. (2019). A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
MELÉ, D., SCHLAG, M. (2015). Humanism in Economics and Business. Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
MELÉ, D., DIERKSMEIER, C. (2012). Human Development in Business. Values and Humanistic Management in the Encyclical 'Caritas in Veritate'. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
MELÉ, D., CASTELLÀ, J. M. (2010). El desarrollo humano integral. comentarios interdisciplinares a la Encíclica "Caritas in veritate" de Benedicto XVI. Barcelona: Iter.

Book Chapters

VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2022). Social innovation and social enterprises. Acknowledging ethical roots to boost positive societal change. In Vaccaro, A.; Ramus, T. (Eds.), Social innovation and social enterprises (pp. 1-13). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
VACCARO, A., RAMUS, T. (2022). Select conclusive thoughts and perspectives to guide further research. In Vaccaro, A. ; Ramus, T. (Eds.), Social Innovation and Social Enterprises (pp. 243-250). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
MELÉ, D. (2021). Ethical virtues, norms and values in accounting education. In Pinheiro, Margarida M. and Costa, Alberto J. (Eds.), Accounting ethis education; teaching virtues and values (pp. 120-136). Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge.
MELÉ, D. (2021). Catholic social teaching on the social responsibility of business. In Maak T., Pless N.M., Orlitzky M., Sandhu S. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 99-109). Routledge.
MELÉ, D. (2021). Catholic social teaching and responsible management. In Oliver Laasch; Roy Suddaby; R. E. Freeman; Dima Jamali (Ed.), Research handbook of responsible management (pp. 292-303). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.


PARDO TORREGROSA, J., FONTRODONA, J. (2022). Ética y criptomonedas. Hacia un modelo ético y sostenible de monedas digitales - Cuaderno no 54. IESE.
PARDO TORREGROSA, J., FONTRODONA, J. (2022). La empresa ante la despoblación. Cuaderno 53: La responsabilidad de la empresa en la dinamización de zonas rurales. IESE.
PARDO TORREGROSA, J., FONTRODONA, J. (2022). Turismo sostenible. Cuaderno 52: Bases para la recuperación del sector turístico desde la cultura de la sostenibilidad. IESE.
MULLER, P., FONTRODONA, J. (2022). Tecnología y recursos humanos.. Cuaderno 51: Una mirada al futuro del trabajo. IESE.
MULLER, P., FONTRODONA, J. (2021). Taxonomía medioambiental y productos financieros verdes. Finanzas para una nueva Europa. IESE.


MELÉ, D. (2022). El dilema de Ute: tensión entre la empresa y la vida familiar. IESE, BE-216.
MENA, M., CALLEJA, R. (2022). ClusterGen, el negocio detrás de los datos genéticos (A). IESE, BE-214.
MENA, M., CALLEJA, R. (2022). ClusterGen, el negocio detrás de los datos genéticos (B). IESE, BE-215.

Technical Notes

CALLEJA, R. (2022). Cómo ser un reformista. Actitudes básicas. IESE, BEN-145.
PILKIS, T., CALLEJA, R. (2021). Am I Messing It Up?. Frequent Ethical Issues in Business. IESE, BEN-144-E.
CALLEJA, R. (2019). What Are Companies Responsible For? Whom Should Executives Serve? IESE, BEN-143-E.
CALLEJA, R. (2019). ¿De qué son responsables las empresas? ¿A quién deben servir los directivos? IESE, BEN-143.
MARÍN, S., CALLEJA, R. (2019). ¿Es bueno trabajar? IESE, BEN-140.