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Honours student searching for participants to take part in small business research

Friday, 10 December 2010


Successful businessman and 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.

The research will consist of a 15 minute questionnaire to be completed by small to medium business owners in the Perth metropolitan area and will 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 a healthier work-life balance.

“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, or what may be described as resilience, and I believe this research has the potential to be of benefit to small business owners, and will make a significant contribution to psychology in the study of resilience.”

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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