Definitions of small business success and motivations are often confused in the literature with research focusing on economic indicators. In this research the dynamic relationship between motivation and alternative success measures of business, such as wellbeing, were explored. The three studies revealed that over time motivation influences wellbeing and job satisfaction and that this relationship is multifaceted, complex, and dynamic with novel themes uncovered in business owner’s narratives. Finally, motivation was found to influence levels of wellbeing and business commitment. Several novel theoretical contributions are offered from this research as are suggestions for small business owners to maintain their personal wellbeing and business prosperity.
Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology, 2016.