PhD program in

Management of Digital Transformation (MDT)


the program 

The PhD program in Management of Digital Transformation

The digital transformation implies profound and highly complex changes of a technological, organisational, managerial and economic nature in all sectors of society. It is crucial for the modernization of all sectors of the Public Administration and for increasing the competitiveness of the enterprises, especially SMEs which constitute the beating heart of the Italian economy. The ability to govern these changes is essential to exploit the opportunities made available by digital innovation by mastering the potential associated risks.

The objective of the PhD program in MDT is to train a new executive class to respond to the need for managing digital transformation processes, drawing inspiration from and responding to the needs of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan to bring together companies and research institutions. In this context, the doctoral scholarships offered are all related to a training and research project proposed by the company or institution that co-funds the position.

MDT proposes an interdisciplinary training program dedicated to the themes of digital transformation addressed from a cultural, economic, social, engineering, IT, legal, managerial, neuroscientific and psychological point of view, to face the challenges of digital transformation in the following four major areas:

Research projects

Below is the list of the research projects co-funded by companies :

Additional projects can be added to the open call or with new calls, provided that the recruitment is finalized by the end of 2024. The Selection Committee will identify the research projects that best suit the skills and interests of the admitted candidates. 

Scholarships, funding and benefits

Different doctoral scholarships, all focusing on projects relevant to digital transformation, will be available, depending on the funding source:

All students enrolled in the PhD program receive a scholarship of about €1,350/month, which includes pension contributions and results in a net salary of about €1,200/month for 3 years. As an exclusive additional benefit, students are offered free on-campus serviced housing and full board at the IMT canteen, worth an equivalent of about €800/month. Furthermore, they are given a research budget of about €4,000 to attend international academic conferences, summer and winter schools, and other similar events. During visiting periods abroad, the scholarship is increased by 50%, possibly receiving further support by the IMT School comparable to the Erasmus+ funds.

Industrial/institutional internships and visiting periods abroad

For doctoral scholarships supported by PNRR funds, the doctoral student is required to carry out research activities at the company for a minimum period of 6 months to a maximum of 18 months, even non-continuous, over the three-year period. Visiting periods abroad are mandatory, even non-continuous, from a minimum of 6 months up to 12 months, over the three-year period.

For doctoral scholarships supported by the "Economic and Digital Resilience" (RED) Project of the Department of Excellence 2023-27 of IMT Lucca, a research activity abroad, in companies or research institutions, for a period of between 3 and 6 months, is highly recommended.

See each individual project's description for more specifics.

Incoming students profiles

Italian degree: "Laurea Magistrale" or "Specialistica" (according to DM no. 509, of November 3, 1999), or a four- or five-year degree (according to the previous rules of the Italian higher education system) obtained in Italy.

Foreign degree: with a minimum duration equivalent to 4 years (full-time). The 4-year duration should be considered a minimum, but it is not a sufficient requirement: the Selection Committees will assess the eligibility of degrees. 

Each research project lists the individual competencies sought. The School promotes equal opportunities.

Outgoing students profiles

In the report "The Future of the Jobs" presented at the World Economic Forum 2016, it emerged that, in the coming years, technological and demographic factors would profoundly influence the evolution of the labor market. With the advent of enabling digital technologies, the skills and abilities sought will change. To date, companies and public institutions are encountering increasing difficulties in identifying, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the skills necessary for digital transformation. 

Career opportunities comprise the academic field in different scientific disciplinary sectors, including engineering, informatics, and economics, as well as technical-scientific and managerial roles in public and private companies or institutions. The partnership with leading companies and public institutions in their respective sectors will provide an additional advantage to PhD students in terms of placement.

What MDT offers

The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

The PhD in Management of Digital Transformation (MDT) is hosted by the IMT School, one of the seven Schools of Excellence in Italy, and one of the highest-rated graduate schools in Europe, according to the most recent U-Multirank survey.  The School offers rigorous training and personalized supervision in technical, social, human, and natural sciences, and encourages interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches that push disciplinary boundaries.

The IMT School fosters a genuinely global atmosphere by welcoming students from diverse geographical locations. 

The structure of the PhD programme and the courses

Requirements and application process

Professors and researchers teaching and supervising students

Enrolled students and their projects

Facilities, services and activities