PhD program in Labour, development and innovation

XXXII cycle - 2016/2017

Duration 3 years
Position 16 position available - 8 scholarships
Director/Coordinator prof. Tommaso Fabbri
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Nota The 8 scholarships are financed as follows: 3 by the Ministry of Education, 2 by external public or private institutions and 3 by the University.
Six of the available places are reserved, as provided in the Call:
- 4 are reserved for employees of the Companies specified in the Call (industrial doctorate);
- 2 for candidates with scholarship of foreign States.
Admission Expiration date 30/06/2016 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 22/09/2016
Enrollment deadline 03/10/2016 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

INF/01 (Computer Science), IUS/07 (Labour Law), IUS/09 (Institutions of Public Law), L-ART/06 (Cinema, Photography and Television), L-LIN/12 (English Language and Translation), SECS-P/01 (Political Economy), SECS-P/02 (Economic Policy), SECS-P/05 (Econometrics), SECS-P/07 (Business Administration), SECS-P/08 (Corporate Finance), SECS-P/10 (Business Organisation), SECS-P/11 (Economics of Financial Intermediaries), SECS-P/12 (Economic History), SECS-S/06 (Mathematics for Economics, Actuarial Studies and Finance), SECS-P/03 (Finance), ING-INF/05 (Data Processing Systems)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 13 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The Doctoral Research Programme in Labour, Development and innovation is divided into two curricula: “Labour” and “Development and Innovation”

Research streams:
New forms of employment: functional flexibility, digital work and productivity
Company and Occupational Welfare, work-life balance and gender issues

Structure and Organisation of the Enterprise and the Labour Market, and new contractual schemes
Health and Safety at Work, Organisational Wellbeing and Work-related stress
Collective bargaining, multi-level governance and transnational solidarity
Evaluation and assessment of public employment policies

“Development and Innovation”

Innovation, economic development and local development
Enterpreneurial innovation: strategic, managerial, financial and accounting issues
Entrepreneurship, Start-up and business development

Digital transformation: business implications (e.g. e-commerce) and management implications (e.g. HR2.0, smart work, user co-creation)
Evaluation and assessment of public employment policies for innovation, economic and local development

Educational aims
The Doctoral Research Programme in Labour, development and innovation aims to provide the interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological instruments required for investigating the contemporary world of work, in qualitative and quantitative terms, in a legal, social and economic perspective, with a view to intervening in the dynamics of work at micro, meso and macro level. As a human activity work is governed by a plurality of regulatory sources (law, organisation theory, economics, finance, sociology, psychology, occupational medicine, to cite the most significant). Work as an expression of personality and as a key element of citizenship is realised by means of vocational skills, entrepreneurial skills, and territorial, physical and cognitive infrastructure, and is thus a complex phenomenon, requiring the application of research tools and methods of intervention of an interdisciplinary nature, with a view to investigating the regulation, legal and non-legal, of work, of the processes of innovation (in management, organisation, production, accounting, finance and auditing, marketing, communication), and of business (industry, services, the public sector), and the dynamics of economic and territorial development.
The “Labour” curriculum focuses on the principal regulatory mechanisms relating to work (law, economics, work organisation) with a view to enabling the doctoral research students to gain insight into the governance of labour relations in an interdisciplinary perspective.
The “Development and Innovation” curriculum focuses on the main levels of analysis relating to work (enterprise and institutions, territorial development, macroeconomic and financial systems) with a view to enabling the doctoral research students to gain insight into the governance of socio-economic innovation in an interdisciplinary perspective.

A cross-cutting goal that puts together the two curricula is the development of skills in the field of public policy assessment and evaluation.

Career prospects
Doctoral research graduates may pursue career opportunities with training bodies and public and private research institutes, or take up positions as employees or external consultants in medium-sized and large undertakings or in the public administration. Those who graduated in “Labour” will be particularly entitled to develop a professional career in the planning and implementation of human resources and production strategies from the legal and organizational points of view as well as in the training and management function related to trade union relations. A further main area consists of career opportunities in management consultancy firms where they can play a specialized role in organization and human resources management. Thirdly, graduates in this thematic area will be in a position to carry out an analysis of the effects of institutions, legal provisions and organisational changes in companies affecting the supply and demand for labour, also in relation to trade unions and employers’ associations.
The curriculum in “Development and Innovation” will enable to access managerial and specialised roles in the field of management of innovation processes, in manufacturing or service industries, in the public administration and in local systems, as well as in the implementation of innovative tools to grant funding for the development of undertakings and districts.


Three years (01/11/2016 - 31/10/2019)


The course venue is at Modena. The course is mainly organized by the Marco Biagi Foundation.

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