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.
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.