MEL Articles

Because we think that the MEL concept can have a profound effect on the way companies sustain their businesses, we have provided a steady stream of articles that summarize some of our work and show our conceptual and operational development. Selected publications follow:

Phil Dover and Udo Dierk, “Sustaining Innovation in a Global Corporation: The Role of Managers, Entrepreneurs and Leaders,” 29th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Washington, DC, USA (2009)

  • introduces MEL concept and reveals how MEL archetypes can be measured via MEL Index. Shows results of early pilot test and outlines future development.

Phil Dover and Udo Dierk, “The Ambidextrous Organization: Integrating, Managers, Entrepreneurs and Leaders,” Journal of Business Strategy, Sept-Dec, 2010

  • discusses how the MEL concept can assist in the management of the ambidextrous organization. Presents a number of case studies in which the findings from the MEL Index provide strategic and operational guidance.

Phil Dover and Udo Dierk, “Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Does Size of Firm Matter?Proceedings of the 8th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance, Cyprus (2012)

  • employs a number of MEL case studies within very different organizations to show that what matters in promoting innovation is not so much whether companies are big or small, but whether they have a clear strategy for growth. 

Udo Dierk and Phil Dover, “Measuring the Integrative Impact of Managers, Entrepreneurs and Leaders in Sustaining Innovation: A Tool for Customized Executive Education Programs,” Journal of Executive Education, 2012.

  • shows how the MEL Index can be applied to an in-house, customized executive education program as an individual and organizational-level evaluation and feedback tool.


Data collection is being expanded beyond companies in the US and Germany to those – initially – in the UK and China. We are also applying the MEL tools to the not-for-profit world, currently exploring the MEL proclivities at a leading business school.