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Education and Training

Education and Training XXXVII Cycle

Our courses

Our education and training courses include classroom teaching, seminars, exercises, practical application of skills through internships, basic research and research aimed at specific projects relating to the doctoral research thesis.

Courses will be on-line or in presence depending on the health and safety norms with regards to COVID-19 at the starting of the courses.

Courses consist of a total of 24 hours of classroom teaching, in Italian and / or English.

Labour Law and Industrial Relations

Coordinator: Dr. Iacopo Senatori
Teachers: Prof. Edoardo Ales, Prof. Francesco Basenghi, Prof. Alberto Levi, Dr. Alberto Russo, Dr. Olga Rymkevich, Dr. Iacopo Senatori
Credits: 3
Language: Italian and English  


Contents and objectives 

The course addresses some of the central issues of modern Labour Law, selected with due regard for the research interests common to the different disciplinary areas in the doctoral research programme. Special attention in this respect is paid to the legal implications of the rise of new forms of work (such as those linked to the digital transformation of production processes and organizational models) and to the cross-cutting issues of well-being and sustainability. The aim is to provide an overview of the topics, in the light of the academic debate, case-law rulings and of the regulatory solutions laid down by the law and  collective bargaining. 

The Course aims to provide students with the basic skills necessary to critically analyze the legal provisions and tools, understanding their rationale and their systemic role, and bringing them together on the basis of their similarities and differences. Students will also be expected to learn how to recognize the legal implications of their own research topic and how to apply the legal sources and the related concepts to their own research, in order to enhance its interdisciplinary character. Finally, the doctoral research students acquire the capacity to understand and make proper use of legal terminology.


The Course will consist of six monographic seminars and adopt an interactive approach. As a result, the active participation of the students will be required. The extent and quality of this participation will contribute to the final evaluation. 



The final assessment will take into account the active participation of students in class. It will be formalized pursuant to the submission and oral presentation of an individual written assignment. 

Labour Economics

Coordinator: Prof. Giovanni Solinas
Faculty: Prof. T. Addabbo, Prof. A. Giuntini, Prof. A. Rinaldi, Prof. E. Giovannetti, Prof. Giovanni Solinas, Prof. C. Strozzi, Dr. A. Zaiceva
Credits: 3
Language: English   


Contents and objectives

 This course aims at providing students with a comparative and analytical perspective of the labour market. During the course labour market indicators as well as statistical sources relevant for the analysis of the labour market will be presented. In addition, statistical and econometric techniques necessary for such analysis will be explained. The topics covered during this course include the role of labour market institutions in a historical perspective, labour supply, labour demand, quality of work, unemployment, evaluation of labour market policies, the impact of new technologies as well as the impact of immigration. Bibliographical references will be provided during the course.  

Before starting the course, it is strongly recommended to attend the mathematics workshop held by Dr Andrea Marchioni.


Teaching methods include classroom lectures and seminars with active involvement of the doctoral research students.  



Report on the topics of the course.

Economics and Management of Innovation

Coordinator: Prof. Gianluca Marchi
Teachers: Prof. Bernardo Balboni, Prof. Graziella Bertocchi, Prof. Giovanni Bonifati, Prof. Gianluca Marchi, Prof. Margherita Russo
Credits: 3
Language: English 

Contents and objectives: The course aims to provide insights into the main developments of economic and management theories of innovation. Students will acquire critical skills useful for interpreting the literature on the subject, as well as the skills necessary at a theoretical and methodological level to design and implement research projects in related areas.

Teaching arrangements: The learning experience is characterized by classroom lectures and discussion. By suggesting the application of critical thinking and based on the main advancements in the literature, the aim is to provide students with well-established theoretical concepts and models, research methodologies and knowledge about management and policy implications. Students are expected to make a significant contribution to class discussions.  


Assessment: Doctoral research studenst will be evaluated on the basis of a paper on a topic previously agreed with the tutor. 

Engineering Economics and financial management

Faculty: Prof. Carlo Alberto Magni
Tutor: Dr. Andrea Marchioni
Credits: 3
Language: English


Contents and objectives

The course is intended to

(i) highlight the importance of economic factors in engineering and industrial decisions

(ii) provide participants with principles, concepts, fundamental techniques of economics for engineering and financial management

(iii) enable students to acquire skills in the analysis of engineering projects and for making rational economic decisions

(iv) illustrate innovative economic and financial analysis tools and develop an integrated logical system

(v) provide application skills for analysis and evaluation.


On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  1. understand dynamics and statics in the economic system
  2. understand economic rationality and value creation  
  3. prepare pro forma financial statements for an engineering project 
  4. collect the estimated quantities and process them correctly for a logical-economic analysis of an engineering project
  5. measure the profitability of an engineering project 
  6. compare and rank alternative engineering designs or projects 
  7. use spreadsheets for financial modelling  
  8. analyze an engineering project in practical situations 



Mechanics of an economic system: static (conservation law) and dynamic (motion law). Project system, benchmark system. Capital, income, cash flow. Investments (operational, non-operational), financing (equity, debt). Time value of money and interest rate. Cost classification, depreciation, net working capital, operating cycle. Tax impact on income and flows. Weighted average cost of capital, cost of equity. Project cash flow, operating cash flow, cash flow to equity, cash flow to debt. Potential dividends and payout policy. Determinants of value. Value creation, single price law, arbitrage. Evaluation, decisions, ranking, cost-benefit analysis. Uncertainty.

Before starting the course, it is strongly recommended to attend the mathematics workshop held by Dr Andrea Marchioni.



Classroom lessons with Wacom blackboard and Excel.



Economic analysis of a project on Excel starting from the estimates of the inputs (costs, revenues and capital), break-even analysis, analysis of the accounting quantities. Candidates may use any aid deemed appropriate for the analysis (notes, texts, personal PCs, etc.) during the assessment. In addition, candidates may consult with a colleague (chosen in advance) for a maximum of two minutes.

Labour Narratives

Coordinator: Prof. Nicola M. Dusi - Prof. Chiara Strozzi
Faculty: Prof. Nicola M. Dusi - Prof. Chiara Strozzi
Credits: 3
Language: Italian and English


Contents and objectives

The laboratory will focus on examining films, short films and TV series to develop a methodological grid useful for the critical analysis of media products dedicated to the topic of work. Theories and practices of traditional and digital audiovisual media will be discussed, comparing the methodological proposals of narratology and the history of cinema, the sociosemiotics of the media and the semiotics of media experience.

A number of lectures and seminars with experts and operators in the audiovisual sector are also planned, in collaboration with Emilia-Romagna Teatro.



For the final assessment, students will be required to submit critical reviews of selected media products, including those from the archive of the Short Documentary Film Festival on Short on Work.



Articles and book chapters in Italian or English will be recommended at the beginning of the seminar

Specialist English

Coordinator: Prof. Donatella Malavasi
Faculty: Prof. William Bromwich, Prof. Donatella Malavasi
Credits: 3
Language: English  


Contents and objectives The course aims to equip students with the skills to understand and write texts in the academic and specialised domains of economics and law. The first part of the course will concentrate on academic discourse. In particular, research articles will be analysed in their textual structure and formal properties in order to improve students’ competence in academic writing. In the second part of the course, a variety of news articles from the international press will be examined to familiarize students with subject-specific terminology, and to develop their ability to understand spoken English and written texts in specialized domains.  


Teaching: The course consists of a series of lectures intended to develop students’ reading, writing and speaking skills, and develop their professional vocabulary. Students are encouraged to attend lessons and take an active part in class discussions and activities, while showing an awareness of the problems relating to hyperconnectivity.


Assessment: In-class tests and an oral presentation with an appropriate use of multimedia resources.

Research Methods

Coordinator: Prof. Barbara Pistoresi
Faculty: Prof. Ylenia Curzi, Dr. Maddalena Cavicchioli, Prof. Fabrizio Montanari, Prof. Silvia Muzzioli, Prof. Barbara Pistoresi
Credits: 3
Language: English


Contents and objectives

The course aims to offer a basic knowledge on qualitative and quantitative research methods for economic, financial and business analysis. In addition to face-to-face lessons, the course includes a series of seminars examining scientific papers published or in the process of publication in international journals, or quantitative studies in progress (e.g. working papers), relating to the topics covered in the course. These seminars will involve the teachers of the course and / or PhD students of other years.

Before attending the course, it is strongly recommended to attend the mathematics workshop held by Dr. Andrea Marchioni.



The PhD students will be assessed on the basis of a written test on the topics covered in the course.

Organization Theory

Coordinator: Prof. Ylenia Curzi
Faculty: Prof. Tommaso Fabbri, Prof. Luigi E. Golzio, Prof. Massimo Neri, Prof. Massimo Pilati, Prof. Annachiara Scapolan, Prof. Ylenia Curzi and Dr. Matteo Rinaldini
Credits: 3
Language: Italian and English


Contents and objectives

The course introduces students to some key questions and topics in organizational practice and research. Key questions and topics will be dealt with through the analysis of the main organization theories, the concepts used for organizational analysis and intervention, their epistemological premises and implications for organizational practice.  The course aims to enable students to acquire the ability to reflect critically on key questions in the debate about the organization intended both as a field of study and as a field of intervention. Students are also expected to acquire the knowledge needed to design research and/or intervention projects concerning the themes dealt with in the course. 



Lectures and seminars based on the students’ active participation I which students will discuss the epistemological status, the analytical concepts and the methods of the main theories of the organization and their relationship with some important research issues / themes in the research field. Students may be asked to do some pre-reading in order to prepare for class discussion and debate. 


Students will be assessed on the basis of the level and quality of their participation in class discussions and debates as well as through a written group assignment regarding topics relating to the key questions/themes dealt with in the course (assigned with the agreement of the course coordinator).  


The doctoral research degree is awarded to candidates who have earned 180 credits during the three years of study, by attending courses, seminars and other activities included in the course.

The following credits are required for admission to the following year of the doctoral  research programme:

  • 1st year – (60 credits)
    • PhD courses: 21 compulsory credits
    • Doctoral seminars: up to nine compulsory credits; optional credits (including external seminars / conferences) as agreed with the tutor.
    • Other activities (research, teaching and practical experience or internships): contribute to the remaining credits. In particular, doctoral research candidates are required to take an active part in workshops and conferences as well as research groups
  •  2nd year – (60 credits)
    • Seminars / courses / conferences (including external conferences): compulsory up to 9 credits; optional maximum 6 credits (if the threshold of 60 in total has not already been exceeded)
    • Other activities (research, teaching and practical experience or internships): minimum 45 credits.
  •  3rd year – (60 credits)
    • Seminars / courses / conferences: compulsory up to 9 credits; optional maximum 6 credits (if the threshold of 60 in total has not already been exceeded)
    • Other activities (research, teaching and possible internship): minimum residual 45 credits.
    • The third year will be devoted almost exclusively to the preparation of the doctoral research thesis.

* Industrial PhD students or students engaged in internships may request the permission of their tutor to obtain credits by distributing the compulsory courses over a period of two or three years. In addition, it is possible to design a research programme by selecting the taught courses most relevant to the research project from the candidate’s own doctoral programme and from other courses within the doctoral research school