Leif Melin

Professor Strategy and Organization

Professor Family of Business Strategy
Business Administration , Jönköping International Business School

Professor

CeFEO - Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership , Jönköping International Business School

PhD in Business Administration


Research

Melin’s research focuses on strategizing in different contexts, the last decade with a focus on family owned businesses. He is especially interested in the practices, processes and arenas for active ownership, strategic change and continuous growth, often using an interactive research approach in dialogue with owners and managers. He is a founding member of the global STEP project (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) where he is an active research member.

He has published in international journals and book volumes, including Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management Studies, Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Long Range Planning. and Journal of Family Business Strategy. He co-authored the seminal book  Strategy as Practice: Research Directions and Resources (2007) and he is editor of the new Sage Handbook of Family Business together with Mattias Nordqvist and Pramodita Sharma. He has served on the editorial board of ten international journals, presently European Management Review, Family Business Review, Long Range Planning and Journal of Family Business Strategy.


Biography

Leif Melin is Professor of Strategy and Organisation and the Hamrin Professor of Family Business Strategy at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) since 1994., and He was the founding Director of CeFEO — Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership since (2005-2012). From 1995 till 2000 Melin was Head of Department of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management as well as Director of the PhD programme at JIBS. He has also served as Dean and Managing Director of JIBS (2000-2001). He has been a visiting professor at many institutions, latest at ESADE, Barcelona and Lancaster University Management School.The academic year 2000/2001 he was Dean and Managing Director of JIBS.

Article

Sund, L. Melin, L. Haag, K. (2015). Intergenerational ownership succession. More information
Brundin, E. Florin Samuelsson, E. Melin, L. (2014). Family ownership logic: Framing the core characteristics of family businesses. More information
Sund, L. Melin, L. (2013). Intergenerational ownership succession. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2013). Dynamics of Business Models - Strategizing, Critical Capabilities and Activities for Sustained Value Creation. More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2011). Proactive and reactive plots. More information
Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2010). Entrepreneurial families and family firms. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Naldi, L. Melin, L. (2010). "Business growth". More information
Nordqvist, M. Hall, A. Melin, L. (2009). Qualitative Research on Family Businesses. More information
Sund, L. Melin, L. (2008). Family Businesses and the EU Recommendation on the Transfer of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. More information
Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2008). Strategic Planning Champions. More information
Melin, L. Salvato, C. (2008). Creating Value Across Generations in Family-Controlled Businesses. More information
Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2007). The reflexive dynamics of institutionalization. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2006). Unfolding the dynamics of emotions. More information
Naldi, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Achtenhagen, L. (2005). Ganaron el Gröna Kvisten hace diez años. ¿Y ahora?. More information
Melin, L. Johnson, G. Whittington, R. (2003). Guest Editors' Introduction. Micro Strategy and Strategizing. More information
Hall, A. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2001). Entrepreneurship as Radical Change in the Family Business. More information
Roland, C. Melin, L. Atamer, T. Gustavsson, P. (2000). Innovative international strategies . More information
Ericson, T. Melin, L. (1999). Strategic Change in Hospital Organizations. More information
Gustavsson, P. Melin, L. Macdonald, S. (1994). Learning to Glocalize. More information
Melin, L. (1992). Internationalization as a Strategy Process. More information
Melin, L. (1989). The Field-of-Force Metaphor. More information
Melin, L. (1987). The Field-of-force Metaphor International. More information
Melin, L. (1985). Strategies in Managing Turnaround. More information
Melin, L. (1976). Strategic Purchasing – Organizational Learning. More information

Book

Johnson, G. Langley, A. Melin, L. Whittington, R. (2007). Strategy as Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press More information
Melin, L. Brundin, E. Haag, K. Hall, A. Nordqvist, M. Wigren, C. (2007). Ägarskifte med förnuft och känsla. NUTEK-info. Stockholm: Verket för näringslivsutveckling (NUTEK) More information
Bjuggren, P. Melin, L. Ericsson, A. Hall, A. Haag, K. Nordqvist, M. (2004). Ägarskiften och ledarskiften i företag. NUTEK.B. Stockholm: Nutek More information

Chapter in book

Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. Waldkirch, M. Kumeto, G. (2015). Introducing theoretical perspectives on family business. : Edward Elgar Publishing More information
Ericson, M. Melin, L. Popp, A. (2015). Studying Strategy as Practice through Historical Methods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press More information
Sharma, P. Melin, L. (2015). Editors’ Introduction: Evolution and Scope of Family Business Studies. SAGE Library in Business and Management Series. London: Sage Publications More information
Sharma, P. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2014). Introduction: Scope, evolution and future of family business studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications More information
Hall, A. Melin, L. (2012). Ägarskiftet som ett relationsdrama. Stockholm: SNS förlag More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2012). Managerial practices in family-owned firms. Oxford: Oxford University Press More information
Brundin, E. Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2012). Kultur och entreprenörskap över generationer. Stockholm: SNS förlag More information
Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. Boers, B. (2012). Familjeföretagets bolagsstyrning. Stockholm: SNS förlag More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2012). Kvinnors berättelser om företagaridentitet. : SNS förlag More information
Brundin, E. Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2010). Entrepreneurial orientation across generations in family firms. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar More information
Ericson, M. Melin, L. (2010). Strategizing and history. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2010). The Strategic Arena Approach to Strategy Process Research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing More information
Brunninge, O. Melin, L. (2009). Continuity in Change. Houndmills: Palgrave More information
Nordqvist, M. Habbershon, T. Melin, L. (2008). Transgenerational entreprenuership. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar More information
Nordqvist, M. Hall, A. Melin, L. (2007). The Relevance of the Interpretive Research Approach in Family Business Studies. Reports from the School of Business and Economics / University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä More information
Wigren, C. Melin, L. (2007). Vinnväxt-Tävlingen. Stockholm: Santérus förlag More information
Hall, A. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2006). Understanding Strategizing in the Family Business Contexts. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2006). One Decade Later. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar More information
Johnson, G. Melin, L. Whittington, R. (2005). Micro Strategy and Strategizing. Strategic Management Society book series. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing More information
Agndal, H. Axelsson, B. Melin, L. (2005). Understanding Strategic Change. Chichester: John Wiley More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2005). Strategic Leadership and Media Portfolio Development. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Axelsson, B. (2005). Leadership and values for competitive sourcing. Chichester : Wiley More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2005). Tracing patterns of growth. Gründungsforschung. Münster: Lit Verlag More information
Melin, L. Risberg, A. (2005). Portfolio Internationalization. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. Müllern, T. (2003). Learning and Continuous Change in Innovating Organizations. London: SAGE More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2003). Managing the Homogeneity-Heterogeneity Duality. London: SAGE More information
Achtenhagen, L. Ericson, T. Melin, L. Müllern, T. (2003). Leadership. London: SAGE More information
Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2002). The Dynamics of Family Firms. Routledge studies in small business. London: Routledge More information
Ericson, T. Melander, A. Melin, L. (2001). The Role of the Strategist. London: Sage More information
Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2000). Ownership and Strategic Leadership in Family Businesses. FSF. Örebro: Forum för småföretagsforskning More information
Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2000). Ägande och strategisk ledning i familjeföretag. FSF. Örebro: Forum för småföretagsforskning (FSF) More information
Lindell, P. Melin, L. Gahmberg, H. Hellqvist, A. Melander, A. (1998). Stability and change in a strategist's thinking. London: SAGE More information
Ericson, T. Lindell, P. Melin, L. (1998). Collective Thinking in Strategic Change Processes. The strategic management series. Chichester: John Wiley More information
Melin, L. (1998). Strategic Change. Malmö: Liber ekonomi More information
Melin, L. Hellgren, B. (1994). Patterns of Strategic Processes. Strategic management series. Chichester: John Wiley More information
Lindell, M. Melin, L. (1994). Acquisitions and Realization of Vision. Strategic management series. Chichester: John Wiley More information
Hellgren, B. Melin, L. (1993). The Role of Strategists’ Way-of-thinking in Strategic Change Processes. Strategic management series. Chichester: John Wiley More information
Lindell, M. Melin, L. (1993). Strategic Management. Wiesbaden: Gabler Verlag More information
Hellgren, B. Melin, L. Pettersson, A. (1993). Structure and Change. Advances in international marketing. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Pres More information
Hellgren, B. Melin, L. (1991). Business Systems. : Sage, London More information
Melin, L. (1991). Reorientation and Strategic Ways-of-thinking. Stockholm: SNS Förlag More information
Hellgren, B. Melin, L. (1990). Corporate Strategies in Nordic Firms Facing Europe. Advanced series in management. Amsterdam: North-Holland More information
Melin, L. (1987). Commentary. : Basil Blackwell, Oxford More information
Holmström, M. Melin, L. (1983). Company Group Logic and Local Influence. : Doxa Ekonomi, Karlshamn More information
Melin, L. (1981). Organizing Strategic Purchasing. : Studentlitteratur, Lund More information

Collections

(2015). Theoretical Perspectives on Family Businesses. : Edward Elgar Publishing More information
(2015). Family Business. SAGE Library in Business and Management Series. London: Sage Publications More information
(2015). Family Business. SAGE Library in Business and Management Series. London: Sage Publications More information
(2015). Family Business. SAGE Library in Business and Management Series. London: Sage Publications More information
(2015). Volume I: Scope, Boundaries, and Impact of Family Business. SAGE Library in Business and Management Series. London: Sage Publications More information
(2014). The SAGE handbook of family business. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications More information
(2012). Familjeföretagande. Stockholm: SNS förlag More information

Conference paper

Hall, A. Helin, J. Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2013). Understanding the meaning of ownership. IFERA Conference Proceedings. More information
Helin, J. Hall, A. Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2012). The de-humanized world of ownership research. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2011). Family capital as an inherent capacity for trans-generatinal potential. More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. (2011). The Meaning of Depth in Practice Oriented and Interactive Studies. : Nordiska Företagsekonomiska Föreningen (NFF) More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2010). Ethnography and co-interpretation. More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2010). To be or not to be in the family business?. More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. (2010). Strategic planning in turbulent times - towards more agile practices and new dynamic capabilities. More information
Brundin, E. Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2009). Entrepreneurial orientation across generations in family firms. More information
Bjursell, C. Brundin, E. Melin, L. Florin Samuelsson, E. (2009). The Circle of Trust. More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2009). Unwinding organizational culture. More information
Arregle, J. Mari, I. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2009). Board Creation and Composition in Family Firms. More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. (2009). The Other Side of Outsourcing: Old Strategic Practices and Procedures Shaping a Renewed Growth Strategy. More information
Leona, A. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2009). How do companies achieve sustained and profitable business growth?. Washington: More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2008). Strategic Dialogue as an Important Practice of Strategizing. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2008). Strategic Dialogues. More information
Brunninge, O. Melin, L. (2008). Continuity in change. More information
Bjursell, C. Brundin, E. Melin, L. Florin Samuelsson, E. (2008). The Circle of Trust. More information
Bjursell, C. Melin, L. (2008). Merging Two Family Businesses by Creating a New Ownership Logic. More information
Brunninge, O. Melin, L. (2007). Continuity in Chage. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Brunninge, O. Melin, L. (2007). How Do SMEs Achieve Growth?. More information
Ericson, M. Melin, L. (2007). Developmental Growth as a World of Practice. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Nordqvist, M. (2007). Keep the flow going. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2007). Continuous entrepreneurship. More information
Haag, K. Helin, J. Melin, L. (2006). Practices of Communication in the Strategic Context of Succession. More information
Haag, K. Helin, J. Melin, L. (2006). Succession in Family Business. More information
Haag, K. Helin, J. Melin, L. (2006). Practices of Communication in the Strategic Context of Succession. More information
Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2006). The Practice of Strategic Planning in the Family Firm Context. More information
Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2006). Conceptualizing Strategizing. More information
Brundin, E. Florin-Samuelsson, E. Melin, L. (2006). Ownership logic. More information
Naldi, L. Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2006). The role of SME internationalization for Pursuing Opportunities. Frontiers of entrepreneurship research. Bason Park, MA : Babson College More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2006). Investigating Patterns of Development in SMEs. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Florin-Samuelsson, E. (2005). The Logic of Ownership in Family Controlled Businesses. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2005). Pursuing a strategy of continuous growth. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Florin-Samuelsson, E. (2005). Family Ownership Logic. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2005). Business firm growth. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2005). Tricks of twigs. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2005). A process-view on the role of resource practices for SME growth. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. Florin-Samuelsson, E. (2005). The Logic of Ownership in Family Controlled Businesses. More information
Brundin, E. Florin-Samuelsson, E. Melin, L. (2004). Logic of ownership, accountability, emotions and family dynamics in family controlled firms. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2004). Organizing for a strategic balance. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2004). Towards a re-conceptualization of firm growth. Frontiers of entrepreneurship research. Babson Park, Mass.: Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship, Babson College More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2004). One decade later?. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Helin, J. Melin, L. Naldi, L. (2004). Tracing patterns of growth. More information
Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2003). Unfolding the Dynamics of Emotions in Strategizing. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. (2003). Facing the Organizational Challenge of Managing Dualities. More information
Melander, A. Nordqvist, M. Melin, L. (2002). Governance Forms in Competition. More information
Brunninge, O. Melin, L. (2001). Divergent Business Recipes - Internationalization Strategies in the Swedish Banking Sector. More information
Achtenhagen, L. Melin, L. Müllern, T. Ericson, T. (2001). Beyond leadership. More information
Ericsson, T. Hellqvist, A. Melander, A. Melin, L. (2000). Shaping new strategies in professional organizations. More information
Larsson, J. Axelsson, B. Lundgren, M. Melin, L. (2000). The current status and future perspectives for small subcontractors - an empirical study of buyers and sellers in an industrial district. London, Ontario: More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. (1999). The Industrial Wisdom of Internationalization. More information
Ericson, T. Melin, L. Müllern, T. (1999). Organizing is Strategizing. More information
Müllern, T. Stein, J. Melin, L. (1998). Who’s Writing the Text. More information
Melander, A. Melin, L. Müllern, T. Stein, J. (1997). The Rhetoric of Strategy Making. More information
Müllern, T. Stein, J. Melin, L. (1997). On the Rhetoric of Managing Change – the Initial Phase. More information
Melin, L. Pettersson, A. (1994). The Dynamics of Industrial Beliefs and Strategic Ways-of-Thinking. More information
Pettersson, A. Hellqvist, A. Melin, L. (1993). Kvalitetsfrågor i Organisatoriska Förändringsprocesser. More information
Hellqvist, A. Melin, L. Pettersson, A. (1992). Transformation of a Hospital Organisation. More information

Other publications

Bonora, E. Hård af Segerstad, S. Melin, L. Pettersson, A. (1992). Norrköping, En Framtida Industristad. More information
Pettersson, A. Melin, L. (1991). Klinikstruktur - 2000. More information

Report

Brundin, E. Melin, L. (2011). Owners' strategizing in the family firm. JIBS Working Papers. More information
Ramírez-Pasillas, M. Melin, L. (2010). Ägarskifte i familjeföretag och slopade skatter. More information
Brundin, E. Florin Samuelsson, E. Melin, L. (2008). The Family Ownership Logic. CeFEO Working Paper. Jönköping: Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping International Business School More information
Nordqvist, M. Hall, A. Melin, L. (2008). Methodology and Family Business Studies. CeFEO Working Paper. Jönköping: Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership, Jönköping International Business School More information
Brundin, E. Melander, A. Melin, L. Wiklund, J. (1998). Från Puppa till Fjäril. More information