Tech for good. Technology Transfer, Global Foresight and Sustainable Innovation in Knowledge Ecosystems (37th cycle)

Date of publication: 28 September 2021
Deadline: 13 October 2019
Language: English
Duration: 3 Years



Course description and objectives

The increasingly pervasive use of information technologies is progressively altering the rules of post-modern competition, causing a complex transformation in societies, businesses,  industries, and competitive environments.

The strong increase of disruptive technological changes introduced by start-ups and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, whose ambidexterity has completely changed the rules of R&D processes, is pushing all economic, social and institutional entities to develop dynamic capabilities able to support the processes of exploration and application of new knowledge, solutions and technologies. To this must be added the need to respond effectively to increasingly complex and diversified social needs. The growing demands of stakeholders, in particular, have generated the awareness that a competitive model based solely on maximizing production capacity and reducing costs can only generate a temporary advantage.

As provided for in the Fair and Sustainable Wellbeing (Bes) Framework promoted by ISTAT and also considered in the Economic and Financial Documents following the approval of Law 163/2016, research and innovation are an indirect determinant of well-being and underpin social and economic progress. Consistently, recalling the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the sustainable management of Research and Development processes and, in particular, technology transfer, can be the main driver of change, giving rise to a new managerial and social paradigm defined by the literature as "Sustainable Innovation".

Starting from this premise, the PhD aims to deepen a central theme represented by the combination of innovation - sustainability, understood as a multidimensional expression of interconnected phenomena and intrinsically open to multidisciplinary approaches.

A tal fine, il Corso intende favorire un percorso innovativo, internazionale e interdisciplinare di formazione e ricerca di base e applicata sulla gestione dell’innovazione sostenibile e sull’ottimizzazione dei processi di trasferimento tecnologico e di conoscenza tra università, imprese, istituzioni e organizzazioni non-profit.

To this end, the course aims to promote an innovative, international and interdisciplinary training and basic and applied research on the management of sustainable innovation, and on the optimization of technology transfer processes and knowledge between universities, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations.

The multidisciplinary nature of the course, ensured by the combined efforts of teaching staff and researchers from different SSD, through diversified and integrated cognitive and methodological tools, provides an appropriate approach to the topic, which can be addressed from multiple points of view, as identified in the different lines of research that the PhD proposes.

In particular, 5 main research lines are identified:


  • Research line 1| Innovation Management in Knowledge ecosystems;
  • Research line 2| Sustainable innovation impact assessment;
  • Research line 3| Research and Development, Technology transfer and Foresight;
  • Research line 4| Collaborative platforms for Sustainability Innovation;
  • Research line 5| Sustainable Innovation Governance and Local Economic Development.


Career opportunities

The doctorate aims to provide an adequate preparation to carry out professional activities of basic and applied research, also in university, and professional activities of high qualification in companies and public or private national and international structures/entities/centers, which deal with aspects related to the management of innovation, sustainability, technology transfer in the field of economics and statistics, political and social sciences, legal sciences and industrial and information engineering.

The doctorate, due to its interdisciplinary nature, allows the acquisition of knowledge and transversal scientific skills and solid specialized skills; it also allows specific insights through the possibility of a research experience abroad supported by the presence in the college of foreign professors.

Naturally, the educational path, results in an adequate scientific production.

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Educational Pathway


Formulating research topic  - CFU 10

Elements of Research design and methods - CFU 10

Literature review and theoretical framework - CFU 5

Data collection, gathering and processing techniques - CFU 10

Data analysis - CFU 10

Statistical Analysis Software - CFU 5

Scientific english Base - CFU 2

Academic writing style - CFU 2

Seminars 1 - CFU 6



Workshop, study, individual training activities in Italy and abroad - CFU 40

How manage research group projects - CFU 2

Research exploitation and knowldge transfer - CFU 2

Scientific english Advanced - CFU 2

Ethic of Research and data governance - CFU 2

Big data and Data science for management - CFU 2

Research project design and financing - CFU 4

Seminars 2 - CFU 6



Workshop, study, individual training activities in Italy and abroad- CFU 60