Leif Melin

Leif MelinProfessor, Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden

Sessions: Day 1, Planery 1 Introduction to conference theme

Leif Melin is the Director of CeFEO – Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership, and Professor of Strategy and Organization at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS). The academic year 2000/2001 he was the Dean and Managing Director of JIBS. From 1995, till 2000, he was the Head of Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management as well as the Director of the PhD programme at JIBS.

Before joining JIBS in 1994, he was Professor of Strategic Management at Linköping University, where he also was the founding director of the Strategic Change Research Group, 1987-1994. He got a PhD in Industrial Marketing at Linköping Institute of Technology, Linköping University in 1977 and a Master of Political Science at Lund University.

He has been a Visiting Professor at three leading French business schools, EDHEC, Nice (2002); Groupe ESSEC, Paris (1995); Ecole de Management, Lyon (1995); and Visiting Research Fellow at Stern School of Business, New York University (1991); Warwick University Business School (1988); and Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University, Toronto (1984).

In 2003 he received the ÅF Major Award for successful development and dissemination of research based knowledge about family businesses. In September 2005 he, and co-authors Ethel Brundin and Emilia Florin Samuelsson, got the Best Paper Award at the FBN-Ifera Academic Forum at the International Family Business Network 16th World Conference for the paper ”Family Ownership Logic – Core Characteristics of Family Controlled Businesses”.

His research interest includes several areas related to strategizing and strategic change. Empirically his research has a focus on family businesses, and especially issues around, ownership, strategic development, corporate governance and strategic leadership in family businesses. Before the start of CeFEO, he was the leader of the research program Family Business Dynamics at JIBS, since 1996. Another major research area is about strategizing, organizing and entrepreneurial activities in continuously growing business firms. Important themes in his earlier research have been the interplay between industrial wisdom, organizational culture and top managers’ way-of-thinking in strategy processes, as well as innovative forms of organizing.

He has published his research in many international book volumes, such as The Family Business Research Handbook, Innovative Forms of Organizing: An International Perspective and Understanding the Small Family Business; in academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Family Business Review, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, and Journal of World Business and in book periodicals, such as Advances in Strategic Management and Advances in International Marketing.

Leif Melin is currently serving on the editorial board for seven international academic journals: Organization Studies, Strategic Organization, European Management Review, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, British Journal of Management, and Organization.

Leif Melin teaches at undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. He has been the main tutor for 14 doctoral candidates reaching their PhD degree. He is been an invited speaker at numerous universities and conferences, and to companies, including many family firms, and governments.