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Business and Territorial Competitiveness, Innovation and Sustainability

Research areas

Priority fields of action and attached fields

The PhD programme centres on two main research areas: Economics and territorial competitiveness and organisations management and business competitiveness. Each of these focus areas contains several sub-areas.

Economics and territorial competitiveness

Research sub-areas

  • Economic growth.
  • Economics and international commerce.
  • Territorial and cluster strategies: policy-making and assessment.
  • Innovation systems.
  • Entrepreneurship and business demographics policies.
  • Sustainable economics and sustainability policy.
  • SMEs, family firms and social businesses: impact on economic development.

Organisations management & business competitiveness

 Research sub-areas

  • Strategic management (competitive corporate strategy, with particular emphasis on internationalisation strategies and digital strategy).
  • Knowledge and innovation management.
  • Entrepreneurs and new businesses creation.
  • Corporate social responsibility and stakeholders.
  • SMEs, family firms and social businesses: strategy and management areas.
  • Human capital.
  • Marketing.
  • Finance.

Research areas

Priority fields of action and attached fields

The PhD programme centres on two main research areas: Economics and territorial competitiveness and organisations management and business competitiveness. Each of these focus areas contains several sub-areas.

Economics and territorial competitiveness

Research sub-areas

  • Economic growth.
  • Economics and international commerce.
  • Territorial and cluster strategies: policy-making and assessment.
  • Innovation systems.
  • Entrepreneurship and business demographics policies.
  • Sustainable economics and sustainability policy.
  • SMEs, family firms and social businesses: impact on economic development.

Organisations management & business competitiveness

 Research sub-areas

  • Strategic management (competitive corporate strategy, with particular emphasis on internationalisation strategies and digital strategy).
  • Knowledge and innovation management.
  • Entrepreneurs and new businesses creation.
  • Corporate social responsibility and stakeholders.
  • SMEs, family firms and social businesses: strategy and management areas.
  • Human capital.
  • Marketing.
  • Finance.