Doctoral Programme

The doctorate in Labour, Development and Innovation, active in the academic year 2014/15, represents the natural evolution of the PhD in Labour Relations that was established in 2006 as a result of the agreement between the Marco Biagi Foundation, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the Ministry of University and Research.

The Research Programme 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.
One of the key characteristics of the School is the integration with public bodies and private-sector firms, with an view to promoting the employment prospects of the doctoral research students in a range of activities reaching beyond the academic world. This objective is pursued primarily by means of private funding of bursaries, with the allocation of funding by the Ministry of Higher Education for a number of bursaries equivalent to the number funded by external bodies.

The research programme aims to select and train researchers in an interdisciplinary and comparative method, strongly oriented towards the practical application of results, with links to enterprises and social actors at national and international level. Taking their research during the doctoral programme as their starting point, these researchers can expect to play an active role in Italian and international enterprises, international bodies, institutions, associations and trade unions, also by means of advanced apprenticeship programmes.

One particular characteristic of the teaching programme is the use of a number of working languages. The provision of teaching in languages other than Italian is essential for promoting the international dimension of the teaching programme and for attracting international students.

As from 2013, following the entry into force of the new regulations for doctoral research programmes (DM 45/13), the programme has been redesigned and now consists of two curricula:
- Labour
- Development and Innovation

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