“There is nothing so practical as a good theory.” (Lewin, 1943)

When Kurt Lewin proposed that “there is nothing so practical as a good theory,” he intended to encourage the development of the kind of theory that can be used for the solution of social problems. This can best be accomplished by close cooperation between the theorist and the practitioner, since it is through such cooperation that the theorist is kept in close contact with social reality and the practitioner gains a deeper understanding of the nature of the social problems that confront him. (Cartwright, 1978)


The PhD Course in Labour, Development and Innovation of the Marco Biagi Department of Economics, run in close collaboration with the Marco Biagi Foundation, is one of the pillars of the E4E (Engineering for Economics – Economics for Engineering) Doctoral School.

The aim of the Course is to train new highly qualified professionals, capable of combining research activity with the ability to develop innovative projects through methods and tools capable of generating an impact on the territory, both nationally and internationally.

The Course provides an interdisciplinary conceptual and methodological instrumentation aimed at interpreting – through the categories of the legal, economic and organisational sciences – the transformations of the technological-productive scenario and their social repercussions.

Since the 2017/2018 academic year, it has taken on a new shape, being divided into 2 curricula: Work, Development and Innovation and Industry 4.0

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July 26th, 1:00 pm (Italian time)

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