PhD program in Labour, development and innovation

XXXVIII cycle - a. y. 2022/2023

Duration 3 years
Position 24 position available - 20 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Tindara Addabbo
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Nota 1st CALL: EXPIRED (5 selection procedures)

2nd CALL: no available places

3rd CALL: (EXPIRED) Four selection procedures, each one for 1 place with scholarship on specific topic
Admission Expiration date 11/10/2022 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 18/10/2022
Enrollment deadline 25/10/2022 at 13:00:00

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), SPS/08 (Sociology of Culture and Communication), SPS/09 (Economic Sociology and Sociology of Work and Organization)

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 provides an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework aimed at acting through the categories of legal, economic and organizational sciences, the transformations of the technological-productive scenario and their social impact.

The course is divided into 2 curricula: Work, Development and Innovation and Industry 4.0.

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 equality: theories, measurement, policies and reporting tools;
- Certification of contracts ex art. 75 ff. Legislative Decree 276/2003;
- 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;
- Iconographies of Work.

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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 skills acquired through the PhD Course in Labour, Development and Innovation can be useful for carrying out work activities within public or private research performing organizations, requiring skills in addressing and designing public policies on work and on environmental, social and economic sustainability, or, in the context of medium or large companies in their analysis and policies design tasks related to the organization of personnel and production processes aimed at digitization and ecological transition.

Other possible employment opportunities in trade unions or employer organizations or in public institutions include the performance of managerial functions regarding negotiations, dialogue with employee representation structures, management of collective agreements, management of disputes and collective dispute resolution.

Research performing organizations include also universities one of the natural employment outlets of the course.


Three years (01/11/2022 - 31/10/2025)


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 once a year. The admissions will be open in June 2021 (refer to the Calls).

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