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

Domènec Melé is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Business Ethics at IESE and the holder of the Chair of Business Ethics at IESE.

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 30 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 has authored several books including Business Ethics in Action. Managing Human Excellence in Organizations, 2nd ed. Revised and extended (Macmillan International, 2019), Human Foundations of Management (2014), Management Ethics: Placing Ethics at the Core of Good Management (2012); 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) and A Catholic Spirituality for Business. The Logic of Gift con M. Schlag (2019).

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.

Areas of interest

*Foundations of Business Ethics

*Philosophy of Management

*Humanizing Business

*Catholic Social Thought in Economics and Business

*Christian Spirituality in Management


Journal Articles (refereed)

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.
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.
CALLEJA, R., MELÉ, D. (2017). Valero's "Enterprise Politics": A Model of Humanistic Management and Corporate Governance. Journal of Management Development, 36 (5), 644 - 659. doi:10.1108/JMD-12-2015-0187.
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:10.1007/s10551-015-2866-z.
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.

Working Papers

MELÉ, D., GUILLÉN, M. (2006). Intellectual evolution of strategic management and its relationship with ethics and social responsibility (DI-658-E).
MELÉ, D. (2004). The principle of subsidiarity in organizations. A case study (DI-566-E).
MELÉ, D. (2004). Corporate social responsibility in Spain: An overview (DI-543-E).
MELÉ, D., DEBELJUH, P., ARRUDA, M. C. (2003). Politicas de ética empresarial en las grandes empresas de Argentina, Brasil y España (DI-509).
MELÉ, D., DEBELJUH, P., ARRUDA, M. C. (2003). Corporate ethical policies in large corporations in Argentina, Brazil and Spain (DI-509-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.
MELÉ, D. (2016). Ética en la empresa. Para llevar a cabo un acompañamiento espiritual que sea serio, claro y provechoso. Palabra (637-638), pp. 88 - 91.
MELÉ, D. (2016). What is the Root of Ethical Behavior in Business?. Independent Or Influenced Decisions?: The Role Of Management. Alumni Magazine (140), pp. 28 - 31.


MELÉ, D. (2020). El valor humano y cristiano del trabajo. Enseñanzas de S. Juan Pablo II. Barañáin: EUNSA. Ediciones Universidad de Navarra.
MELÉ, D. (2019). Business Ethics in Action. Managing Human Excellence in Organizations. Red Globe Press.
MELÉ, D. (2015). Ética en dirección de empresas. Calidad humana para una buena gestión. Madrid: Pearson Educación.
MELÉ, D., GONZALEZ-CANTON, C. (2015). Fundamentos antropológicos de la dirección de empresas. Barañáin: EUNSA. Ediciones Universidad de Navarra.
MELÉ, D., GONZALEZ-CANTON, C. (2014). Human Foundations of Management. Understanding the Homo Humanus. 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. M. (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.
MELÉ, D. (2020). 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.
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. (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.
MELÉ, D., MARTÍ I. (2007). International Principles and Standards of Corporate Responsibility. IESE, BEN-125-E.
MELÉ, D., MARTÍ I. (2007). Principios y normas internacionales para la responsabilidad empresarial. IESE, BEN-125.
MELÉ, D. (2004). Relations of Justice in the Business Environment. IESE, TDN-88-E.