The digital transformation of companies and work and the development of Industry 4.0 entail a radical transformation not only of technology, but also of the structure and dynamics of work, company organization and business models. This is leading to the changes in the skills required in production, commercial and service processes, giving rise to questions about the transformation of professional work and the impact on employment.

In this research area, topics of interest are:

• effects of digitalization on economic activities, including manufacturing, financial services, and the public administration;

• organizational assessment tools, with particular attention to human resources and therefore to the development of skills for the transformation of companies and public bodies in an industry 4.0 perspective;

• innovations in business models: specifically, the need to deal with the physical and digital organization of business models; with particular reference to the socio-economic impact of the use of new assisted driving technologies in the automotive sector, sustainable mobility and the growth strategies of innovative start-ups;

• impact of digital platforms in the value creation process, with implications for the reorganization of large sectors of economic activity;

• legal aspects relating to remote or agile work associated with new technologies, including the issues of safety and employment relations (redundancies and technological unemployment, vocational retraining and relocation of workers, social safety nets, union action);

• transnational mobility of businesses and work


Prof. Tommaso Fabbri, prof. Gianluca Marchi, prof. Giovanni Solinas

Research Team

Prof. Tommaso Fabbri (Organization and Human Resources), Prof. Gianluca Marchi (Marketing and Innovation), Prof. Bernardo Balboni (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Prof. Ylenia Curzi (Organization and Human Resources), Prof. Simone Scagliarini (Public Law), Dr. Iacopo Senatori (Labour Law and Industrial Relations), Prof. Giovanni Solinas (Industrial Economics and Public Policy Evaluation), Dr. Giovanni Gallo (Financial Science), Prof. Fabrizio Patriarca (Policy Evaluation), Dr. Livia Di Stefano (post-doctoral researcher in Labour Law), Eng. Silvia Fareri (post-doc Industry economics)