PhD program in Labour, development and innovation

XXXIV cycle - a. y. 2018/2019

Duration 3 years
Position 12 position available - 9 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo
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Nota 1st CALL:The 7 scholarships are financed as follows: 2 by the Ministry of Education, 1 by external public or private institutions and 4 by the University.
One of the available places is reserved, as provided in the Call, for employees of the Company specified in the Call (industrial doctorate).

2nd CALL: No available places.

3rd CALL: The two available places focus on specific topics, as provided in the Call.
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 26/09/2018
Enrollment deadline 08/10/2018 at 15:30:00

Scientific areas

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 course consists of two curricula: Labour, Development and Innovation, and Industry 4.0.

Course presentation
The Labour, Development and Innovation curriculum is intended to enable the participants to acquire an in-depth understanding of employment relations and socio-economic change in an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the main regulatory levels (law, management, economics and organisation) and related methods of analysis in order to develop research instruments addressing both legal and non-legal labour regulation, enterprise innovation (industrial, service, public) and economic and territorial development.
Industry 4.0 is intended to contribute to an understanding of the dynamics of digital transformation and elaboration of the legal, economic and financial, organisational and managerial instruments to govern the transformation of the enterprise and organisations in light of Industry 4.0. The teaching and research programme favours the datafication of employment and production processes associated with digitalisation resulting in a significant transformation of the logic and instruments of enterprise management.
Coordination with the E4E School and courses: “Enzo Ferrari” of engineering, industry and territory and the Course in Industrial Innovation Engineering, will enhance the interdisciplinary approach since the teaching activities relate to the main technologies and technological trajectories of Industry 4.0.

Topics of the course
The course consists of two curricula: Labour, Development and Innovation, and Industry 4.0.
The Labour, Development and Innovation curriculum focuses on: functional flexibility and productivity; subsidiary welfare systems (at the level of the company, collective agreements, and social programmes); work/life balance; labour, values, regulation; wage and employment discrimination; evaluation of public policies; employee representation; labour markets and new contractual models; health and safety at work, organisational welfare and work related stress; collective bargaining and transnational solidarity; innovation and economic development, financial innovation; territorial development; enterprise innovation; start-ups; managerial and financial instruments for business growth.
The Industry 4.0 curriculum focuses on: general, analytical, industrial accounting, and in particular, on the analysis of the costs related to the use of PLM, MES, ERP systems, advanced data analytics, management of the life cycle, operational research, organisation and project management, project finance, cost/benefit analysis, industrial robotics, integrated project design and advanced simulation, development and management of platforms of product-process-service enabled by IoT and User Centred Design technologies, cognitive and intelligent production systems based on digital platforms, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Career development prospects
The Industry 4.0 curriculum presents professional interdisciplinary opportunities in businesses in industry/manufacturing, relating to the digitalisation of production processes, in particular in IT enterprises producing ERP, interested in evolution and integration of traditional enterprise IT systems with the distributed intelligence and datafication of the processes characterising Industry 4.0.
The Labour, Development and Innovation curriculum facilitates access to professional positions relating to the analysis and legal administration of human resources and productive processes and those in the field of organisational development, training, management of trade union relations and consultancy of the enterprise corporate management. It also facilitates access to specialist and managerial positions in the management of the innovation processes in industrial and service sectors, the public administration and territorial systems.


Three years (01/11/2018 - 31/10/2021)


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


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