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Small Business Research at ECU

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Small businesses make up a vital part in Western Australia’s economy, accounting for 96 per cent of all businesses in WA and employing an estimated third of the state’s labour force.

Successful businessman and Edith Cowan University (ECU) Psychology Honours student, Mr Philip Roggio is working with the Joondalup Business Association (JBA) and Small Business Centre (SBC) North West Metro to research personal and business resilience in small businesses, with the aim to help small businesses thrive during stressful times.

The research will consist of a 15 minute-questionnaire completed by small to medium business owners in the Perth metropolitan area with the aim to understand the psyche behind small businesses and how they can remain successful during conditions of enormous stress and change. 

Mr Roggio believes the research will help businesses understand how to successfully negotiate the workplace and provide valuable information that could lead to greater business success and sustainability.

“Growing a business from start up 21 years ago, navigating through the boom and bust cycles of the WA economy, skills shortages, partnership dissolutions, family commitments, and full time university study, to present day employing over 20 staff and being acknowledged for excellence in the industry, has not been without its challenges,” said Mr Roggio.

“I believe that to successfully negotiate these challenges requires a level of mental and emotional strength, and the ability to be resilient, and it is my intention that this research be used to assist  business owners understand the concept of resilience and how it may be useful in maintaining a successful business during troubled times.”  

Mr Roggio is the owner of Lakeside Plumbing and Gas, which recently won the 2010 Master Plumbers and Gasfitters of WA and Plumbing Licensing Board Award for Excellence: Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice in a Business Award.

If you are a small-medium size business owner and wish to complete the questionnaire, visit the School of Psychology and Social Science webpage.

For more information on the research, contact Mr Roggio on

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