PhD program in Labour, development and innovation

XXXIX cycle - a.y. 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
Position 14 position available - 14 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof.ssa Ylenia Curzi
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Admission Expiration date 27/07/2023 at 13:00
Call for admission
Final ranking Published 15/09/2023
Enrollment deadline 22/09/2023 at 13:00:00

Scientific areas

IUS/07 (Labour Law), IUS/09 (Institutions of Public Law), L-ART/06 (Cinema, Photography and Television), 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), M-PSI/06 (social psychology, of labour and organisations)

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.


Description of the Course

The PhD course in Labour, Development and Innovation focuses on the theme of work and innovation with respect to regulations, business processes, trajectories of economic and territorial development, and the dynamics of digitisation of work and enterprises, with an interdisciplinary approach that borrows the most advanced analyses from the fields of labour law, economics and finance, organisation, business management and research and computerisation methods.

The course is part of the E4E doctoral school (Engineering for Economics - Economics for Engineering) and is divided into two curricula, the Labour, Development and Innovation curriculum, which focuses on the joint thematisation of labour regulation, business innovation processes and the dynamics of economic and territorial development, and the Industry 4.0 curriculum, which focuses on the dating of work and production processes, resulting from digitalisation, and the related transformations of business management logics and tools.

The basic training course, the didactic activities oriented towards the development of transversal skills, the themes and research activities developed in the course offer at PhD students a complete framework of conceptual and methodological tools suitable for tackling, in an interdisciplinary perspective, the complex issues related to labour transformations, the productive technological scenario, business innovation processes, economic and territorial development dynamics and their social repercussions.

The course meets the need to train new, highly qualified professional figures capable of combining research activity with the ability to develop innovative projects with a sustainable impact on the regional, national and international territory.

The salient features of the course are:
- integration with the productive fabric and economic operators, also in order to improve extra-academic employability;
- the use of several working languages (Italian and English) in teaching, research and design;
- the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach;
- the orientation towards internationalisation, witnessed by the number of highly qualified lecturers from foreign universities or research bodies on the teaching staff and by the exchange programmes of lecturers and students within international collaboration networks (co-tutorship agreement with Pablo de Olavide University in Spain).

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Educational Content

The training consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, applied research also in company internships, i.e. scientific design and organisation of publishing initiatives, scientific study and valorisation of research results.

The training activities see the involvement of lecturers from foreign universities, research centres and institutions, which also serves to promote and support periods of international mobility for doctoral and post-doctoral students during their training and research.

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Career development prospects The skills acquired through the PhD are useful for carrying out research and innovation activities in educational institutions, public or private research organisations, enterprises (industrial, service), public or private institutions.

In particular, the Curriculum in Labour, Development and Innovation allows access to autonomous roles with responsibility for the direction and design of public policies relating to work, environmental, social and economic sustainability, and with tasks of analysis, study and high design relating to work organisation, personnel management and the management of innovation processes in industrial enterprises, services, public administration and territorial systems, as well as the management of trade union relations in trade union or employers' organisations or public institutions.

The Industry 4.0 Curriculum allows access to interdisciplinary professional profiles in companies interested in the digitisation of their production processes, in IT companies, ERP producers, interested in the evolution and integration of traditional corporate information systems with distributed intelligence and datafication of processes that characterise Industry 4.0.


Three years (01/11/2023 - 31/10/2026)


The course venue is in Modena. The course activities will mainly take place at 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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