Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Supervisor name and surname:

Amado Alarcón Alarcón

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PhD programme:

Economics and Business

Title of the research project:

Linguistic Competences in Digital Era: Improvements in Productivity and Labour Employability

Description of the research project:

The processes of globalization, outsourcing and informationalization of economy (Castells, 1999, 2001; Webster, 2006) cause that a growing number of occupations and workers need of a highest component of intellectual work and, hence, linguistic (Alarcón y Heyman, 2014; Alarcón, Heyman, Morales y DiPaolo, 2014). This is due to information and knowledge is coded, transmitted and represented linguistically in digital economy.
Although there exist advances in the transversal knowledge of linguistic competences in Digital Era, few is known in how this “linguistic specialization” is influencing the current development of occupations. As a consequence, it is needed to go in-depth in its analysis to address key problems on our present society such as employability and productivity in enterprises.
To provide with some tools to answer this situation, the research team lead by Dr. Amado Alarcón and Dr. Antoni Vidal is working in the design of a scale of Labor Linguistic Specialization (LLS). This scale will allow to go in-depth in the analysis and comprehension of the existing relation between linguistic competences and informational competences, on the one hand, and its consequent impact on labor productivity and business competitiveness, on the other. The scale will be constructed taking into account three main dimensions: a) diversity (number of languages and registers); b) scope
(areas and communication channels) and c) quality (level of knowledge in the use of language).
The present research establishes three main working actions, as follows:
Action 1: Methodological discussion of the LLS scale with relation to other indexes produced in United States and Europe.
Action 2: Design of variables and indicators to be included in the LLS scale
Action 3: Validation of the resulting LLS scale with the different systems of occupational classification.
The project contributes with the scale of Labor Linguistic Specialization, which is inexistent today, as a main added valued. Besides, such LLS scale can be implemented to analyze the impact of entrepreneurial productivity as well as the employability of workers, especially in these occupations with the most intensive informational components. In this regard, the LLS has four main applications: 1) analysis of worker employability according to the linguistic intensity of the occupational structure; 2) analysis of productivity and competiveness of enterprises related to the linguistic components of their productivity processes; 3) implications in the recognition of LLS in the collective bargaining of professional categories in the context of the informational economy and, 4) specific training actions according to each LLS level in each occupation.

Gross anual salary:

26443.80 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713679