PhD research: The relationship between business incubator services and the psychological capital of tenants


PhD student Alison Ollerenshaw, together with Dr Angela Murphy, Prof Suzanne McLaren and A/Prof Helen Thompson from Federation University Australia, are conducting research with the aim of examining the relationship between the support services offered at business incubators (such as networking; coaching and training; selection and entry to the incubator) and incubator tenant's positive psychological development (psychological capital).

Incubators provide protected environments for new businesses to grow and become self-sustainable. Incubators offer business supports and services essential to fostering new business growth and supporting longer-term business survival.

Tenants* of incubator programs worldwide are invited to participate in this research. Participation involves completing an online survey. There is also the option to participate in an interview, as part of this research.

The research findings will provide important insights for the incubator industry and for incubator management in guiding the provision of support services that facilitate both tenants’ business growth as well as their positive psychological development.

The Plain Language Information Statement outlining important information about this research is available here.

This project has received approval from the Federation University Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee (project number: A17-110).

A YouTube video briefly outlining the research and inviting tenants to participate in this research is also available at:

This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

If you agree to participate in this research, please click on the next button, below, to commence the survey.

For further information about this research, please contact the following researchers:

Alison Ollerenshaw
Student Researcher (PhD student)
Federation University Australia
T: +61 3 5327 6201

Dr Angela Murphy
Principal Researcher
Federation University Australia
T: +61 3 5327 6198


*For this research, the term tenant refers to participants of incubator programs, such as new business owners, entrepreneurs etc. In some countries, tenants are referred to as ‘incubatees’.