The program is designed to train PhD research candidates who possess analytical skills in business economics, and theoretical and quantitative economics; while it integrates basic economic tools, business economics, and statistics in a way unique to this curriculum. Research topics are ample but circumscribed in their inter-relation and specific characteristics, and allow for the introduction of analytical factors related to information systems, business management and organizational processes, as well as the management of complex socio-economic and policy phenomena on regional and macro-economic levels. Regional issues are emphasized with the aim of efficiently cooperating with local businesses and institutions while keeping with the thematic research areas and specific expertise of department faculty. Complementarity between thematic areas (economics, business economics, and within the lines that define these macro-areas) and levels of analysis (micro-macro, business-public institutions) is directed towards fostering skills which are highly applicable on the regional, Italian, and European job market.
Research topics 1. Normative aspects and the effects of agricultural and agribusiness policy 2. Accounting & Auditing 3. Environmental and natural resource economics 4. Knowledge, organization, human capital and labor economics 5. Cultural economics: politics and management 6. Economics and industrial and development policy 7. Economics and public sector management 8. Finance and risk management 9. Health care and health care management 10. Brand and value creation 11. Performance evaluation, balance analysis and business management auditing 12. New entrepreneurship, company strategies and managerial development 13. Intangible resources and management systems, evaluation and reporting according to financial and non-financial indicators 14. Economic decisions in the presence of risks 15. Consumer Behavior & Marketing Management 16. Regional and Territorial Systems 17. Circular economy innovations and business sustainability management