Impact of entrepreneurial activities on those not directly involved

Entrepreneurs are often portrayed as superheroes. There is an expectation on entrepreneurs to significantly contribute to job creation, innovativeness, economic prosperity, and social wellbeing. However, research shows that firms are created by ‘everyday’ persons who do not possess superhuman powers.

Indeed, much research has shown that entrepreneurs work long hours, experience great problems balancing work and family, and suffer from financial stress.

The entrepreneurship literature has focused on the increase in the workload of the entrepreneur and the stress and strain they experience but not on the increase in workload that their spouses experiences through acting as an informal investor in the business. The objective of this study is to focus on how the stress and strain experienced by the spouse manifests and the impact this has on their wellbeing. This is an important area of research which has been neglected.

A potential data source for this study is the longitudinal household Survey HILDA, which collects information on the health and wellbeing of the participants, and includes labour market data which can be used to identity transitions in and out of entrepreneurship. RMIT has access to the HILDA dataset.

Proposed postgraduate research program

  • School: School of Management
  • Program name: PhD (Management)/Master of Business (Management)

Value and duration

A stipend of $32,000 per year over the duration of three years.

Number of scholarships available



To be considered for scholarship you must hold, or be currently completing either:

• Master by research
• Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
• Honours degree achieving first class honours
• 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous peer reviewed publications or significant research experience.

Please make sure that you check the individual eligibility requirements of these scholarships prior to submitting your application.

It is also important to note that the scholarship rounds are highly competitive and satisfying the eligibility requirements does not guarantee a successful outcome. When a scholarship round closes all applications are received are ranked in order of merit. This process takes five to six weeks to complete. Applicants are typically advised of the outcome of a scholarship round five to six weeks after the round closes for applications.

How to apply

How to apply: International applicants need to apply for admission via iApply and ensure that there is an offer in place before submitting a scholarship application via the Graduate Research Scholarship application form. Domestic applicants can continue to apply for both admission and scholarship via this Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Admission and Scholarship Application Form (PDF). Domestic applicants who already hold an offer of admission from RMIT for a PhD or Masters by Research program but have not enrolled may apply for a scholarship using the Graduate Research Scholarship application form.

Open date

Applications are open until 4 May 2018. International applicants must have an offer of place prior to applying for a scholarship and are encouraged to submit an admission application by 27 April 2018.

Terms and conditions

See the research scholarship terms and conditions (PDF 327KB) for more information.


Professor Pia Arenius
+61 3 9925 5142

Possibility to explore collaboration with Dr Anna Jenkins (The University of Queensland Business School)