Chair of Business Ethics

Holder: Domènec Melé

The Chair of Business Ethics works to integrate corporate ethics into business activities in an effective manner. With the aim of overcoming the longstanding separation between ethics on one side, and business and economics on the other, the Chair organizes diverse activities, such as the biannual International Symposium on Business, Ethics and Society.

It has also promoted several editions of the International Colloquia on Christian Humanism in Economy and Business, and offers a special series on corporate ethics and responsibility within the IESE Alumni Learning Program.

The Chair, which was created in 1999, collaborates closely with IESE’s Business Ethics Department, the Center for Business in Society and the CaixaBank Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance.

Research lines

  • Philosophy of economy, business and management. The underlying philosophical foundations of economic, organizational and business management theories and practices.
  • Humanist company cultures and management. The competing factors in the shaping of business cultures, such as the formulation and implementation of the mission statement and corporate values.
  • Christian ethics in economy, business and management. The Christian tradition with regard to the economy, business and management, and how to apply it to current situations and problems.
  • Foundations of business ethics and corporate social responsibility. The relevant aspects of corporate governance and general management from an ethical standpoint.
  • The relationship between business and society. The nature and the mission of the company, the relationship between business and society and the corresponding responsibilities companies have to society.
  • International management, globalization and solidarity. Ethical criteria to address the problems arising from internationalization, globalization and other circumstances faced by companies operating in developing countries.

Holder of the Chair

Domènec Melé, who has held the Chair since 2006, is a professor of Business Ethics. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a doctorate in Theology from the University of Navarra. He is the vice president of the European Business Ethics Network – Spain. He was the editor of the Journal of Business Ethics for 10 years and is currently associate director of the Humanistic Management Journal and a member of the editorial board of several international magazines.

The first holder of the Chair was professor Antonio Argandoña (1999-2006).


Journal Articles (refereed)

MELÉ, D. (2020). Bienes, normas y virtudes en ética empresarial. Studia Poliana (22), 221 - 240. doi:10.15581/013.22.221-240.
MELÉ, D., CHINCHILLA, N., LÓPEZ-JURADO, M. (2019). The "Freely Adaptive System". Application of this Cybernetic Model to an Organization Formed by Two Dynamic Human Systems. Philosophy of Management, 18 (1), 89 - 106. doi:10.1007/s40926-018-0098-x.
MELÉ, D., FONTRODONA, J. (2017). Christian Ethics and Spirituality in Leading Business Organizations: Editorial Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics, 145 (4), 671 - 679. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3323-3.
MELÉ, D., ROSANAS, J. M., FONTRODONA, J. (2017). Ethics in Finance and Accounting: Editorial Introduction. Journal of Business Ethics, 140 (4), 609 - 613. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3328-y.
MELÉ, D. (2016). Understanding Humanistic Management. Humanistic Management Journal, 1 (1), 33 - 55. doi:10.1007/s41463-016-0011-5.
MELÉ, D., ARMENGOU, J. (2016). Moral legitimacy in controversial projects and its relationship with social license to operate. A case study. Journal of Business Ethics, 136 (4), 729 - 742. doi:
CALLEJA, R., MELÉ, D. (2016). Political Wisdom in Management and Corporate Governance. Philosophy of Management, 15 (2), 99 - 119. doi:10.1007/s40926-016-0037-7.
MELÉ, D. (2016). Re-Thinking Capitalism: What We Can Learn From Scholasticism? Journal of Business Ethics, 133 (2), 293 - 304. doi:10.1007/s10551-014-2368-4.
MELÉ, D. (2013). Antecedents and Current Situation of Humanistic Management. African Journal of Business Ethics, 7 (2), 52 - 61. doi:10.4103/1817-7417.123079.
MELÉ, D., SÁNCHEZ-RUNDE, C. (2013). Cultural Diversity and Universal Ethics in a Global World. Journal of Business Ethics, 116 (4), 681 - 687. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1814-z.

Working Papers

ARGANDOÑA, A. (2005). Firm, market economy and social responsibility (DI-600-E).
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2005). Empresa, economía de mercado y responsabilidad social (DI-600).
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2004). Conflicto de intereses: El punto de vista ético (DI-552).
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2004). Conflicts of interest: The ethical viewpoint (DI-552-E).
ARGANDOÑA, A. (2004). Corruption and companies: The case of facilitating payments (DI-539-E).


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.

Articles in other publications

MELÉ, D. (2018). El reto del humanismo cristiano en la universidad. Humanitats (2), pp. 91 - 114.
MELÉ, D. (2018). ¿Tiene cabida en la empresa el desarrollo humano integral? Revista de Fomento Social (290), pp. 369 - 386.
MELÉ, D. (2016). El reto de la sostenibilidad: Virtudes para la sostenibilidad empresarial. Harvard Deusto Business Review (260), pp. 44 - 44.
IESE, (2012). Creating good not just goods. Alumni Magazine (124), pp. 56 - 57.
IESE, (2012). El factor humano de la economía. Revista de Antiguos Alumnos (124), pp. 64 - 65.


MELÉ, D. (2019). Business Ethics in Action. Managing Human Excellence in Organizations. Red Globe Press.
MELÉ, D., GONZALEZ-CANTON, C. (2014). Human Foundations of Management. Understanding the Homo Humanus. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.
MELÉ, D. (2012). Cristianos en la sociedad. Introducción a la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia. Madrid: Ediciones Rialp.
MELÉ, D. (2011). Management Ethics. Placing Ethics at the Core of Good Management.
MELÉ, D. (2009). Business Ethics in Action. Seeking Human Excellence in Organizations. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited books

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. (2010). El desarrollo humano integral. comentarios interdisciplinares a la Encíclica "Caritas in veritate" de Benedicto XVI. Barcelona: Iter.
SENDAGORTA, E., MELÉ, D. (2008). Liderazgo y espiritualidad. Reus: Empresa & Humanidades.

Book Chapters

MELÉ, D. (2020). 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.
SCHLAG, M., MELÉ, D. (2019). Introduction. In Martin Schlag & Domènec Melé (Ed.), A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift (pp. 1 - 12). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
MELÉ, D. (2019). Spiritual Roots of the "Logic of Gift" and "the Principle of Gratuitousness" in Economic Activity. In Martin Schlag & Domènec Melé (Ed.), A Catholic Spirituality for Business: The Logic of Gift (pp. 117 - 138). Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.
MELÉ, D., MORENO SALAMANCA, A., PARRA, J. M. (2018). A Hybrid Corporate Community Involvement in an Impoverished Neighborhood. Analysis of a Case Study from the Catholic Social Teaching Perspective. In Martin Schlag and Daniela Ortiz (Ed.), Poverty, Injustice, and Inequality as Challenges for Christian Humanism (pp. 181 - 194). Berlin: Dunker & Humblot.
MELÉ, D. (2018). Pollution. In Robert W. Kolb (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society (pp. 2665 - 2673). Chicago: Sage Publications.


MELÉ, D. (2015). Global reach of transnational corporations. Caritas in Veritate Foundation.


MELÉ, D. (2013). Conchi Martín: buscando trabajo (A). IESE, BE-181.
MELÉ, D. (2013). Conchi Martín: buscando trabajo (B). IESE, BE-182.
MELÉ, D. (2013). Conchi Martín: Looking for a Job (A). IESE, BE-181-E.
MELÉ, D. (2013). Conchi Martín: Looking for a Job (B). IESE, BE-182-E.
MELÉ, D. (2007). Young Manager's Dilemma: Safety or Profit? IESE, BE-165-E.

Technical Notes

MELÉ, D., GONZÁLEZ, C. (2007). Códigos de conducta empresarial: condiciones de éxito, elaboración e implementación. IESE, BEN-126.
MELÉ, D., GONZÁLEZ, C. (2007). Codes of Business Conduct: Conditions for Success, Preparation and Implementation. IESE, BEN-126-E.