PhD program in - Labour, development and innovation

XXXVII cycle - a. y. 2021/2022

Duration 3 years
Position 26 position available - 17 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo
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Nota 1ST CALL: expired

2ND CALL: expired

3RD CALL: one selection procedure for 1 position with scholarship on specific topic.
Admission Expiration date 28/10/2021 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 10/11/2021
Enrollment deadline 15/11/2021 at 00:00:00

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/03 (Statistics for Economics), 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. 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 and thematic areas
- Labour, Development and Innovation curriculum is intended to enable the participants to acquire the skills necessary to interpret labour relations and socio-economic change processes focusing on the main regulatory plans (law, management, economy and organization) and the levels of analysis involved, developing research tools and interdisciplinary intervention methods suitable to address the regulation, legal and non-legal, of work, business innovation processes (industrial, services, public) and the dynamics of economic and territorial development.
- Industry 4.0 curriculum 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 Industrial and Environmental Engineering, in Industrial Innovation Engineering and in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will enhance the interdisciplinary approach since the teaching activities related to the main technologies and technological trajectories of Industry 4.0.

Both curricula investigate the following research areas:
- Work transformations, innovation & business models;
- Work Organization, discretion at work and performance appraisal in digital enterprises;
- Engineering Economics & Financial Innovation;
- Corporate ethics and sustainability;
- Health, disability, work and care;
- Gender inequalities in STEM areas of education and impact in the access to digital economy;
- Free movement and protection of personal data in the digital era;
- Socioeconomic Impact of Pandemics and recovery strategies;
- Composite Indicators, Machine Learning and Big Data.

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Educational Content
The achievement of the qualification is subject to the acquisition of 180 Doctorate Formative Credits (DFC) (60 per year). The training course is divided into frontal lectures, exercises, specialistic research and practical application of skills, also in company internship or through scientific planning and organization of editorial initiatives, scientific study and dissemination. Lectures include compulsory courses, a dense seminars activity and workshops.
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Career development prospects
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, and to research positions within national and international research performing organizations in the different disciplinary areas.
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.


Three years (01/11/2021 - 31/10/2024)
(For PON scholarships 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024)


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


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Based on a rigorous selection process, applications are processed normally once a year. The admissions will be open in June or July 2023 (please refer to the Call).

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