Are Australian businesses reaching their full potential?

National Research Project - Exploring Barriers to Scale

Exploring the Barriers to Scale

Across Australia, significant investment has occurred in supporting more people to start their own businesses. The next stage in supporting entrepreneurship is to understand the conditions needed by owners to scale their business.

As part of this collaborative research project led by the Advisory Board Centre, we are seeking to explore the barriers to scaling a business for founders and owners. To capitalise on the investment made to encourage entrepreneurship and significantly advance the economic participation and impact of Australian businesses, we need to uncover and understand what works and where there may be barriers.


Barriers to Scale – Research Outline


Scaling a Business – to grow or expand in a proportional and usually profitable way; to reach full potential.


The Advisory Board Centre is leading a collaborative, national research project to explore the barriers for businesses owners to scale their business.  Specific focus within this research is placed on identifying the barriers and success strategies for Female led businesses.

Our Research Partners


The Advisory Board Centre is dedicated to evidence-based approaches to clearly identifying the problem and discovery of approaches that will unlock value.  The research program is designed to understand and uncover trends and opportunities to unlock the “scale factor’ for business owners.

This national research project is proudly supported by Australian Government Landing Pads, Queensland Government Advancing Women in Business Initiative, Advance Queensland and Mullins Lawyers.


Supporting Women in Business

Women do not lack ability or ambition.  However, indications show the scale up stage for Female Founders can be problematic and the barriers they face may be different.    To capitalise on the investment made to encourage women in business and significantly advance the economic participation and opportunity for women, we need to uncover and understand the barriers to scale for Female Founders.


About the Data Collection

To truly understand the challenges and opportunities facing Australian businesses we are seeking feedback from business owners, executives, directors and advisors via our online survey.

Please note, the online survey is now closed.  We are analysing the data to prepare the final report.

If you are genuinely interested in supporting Australian business and specifically Women in business, we also ask that you share the survey with your networks.  We are seeking representation in the data from:

  • Business Owners on a growth path
  • Women in Business
  • Rural, Regional, Remote Businesses
  • Business Owners/ Executives who have achieved scale/ significant growth in their business

The full research report will be publicly available in March 2020.


Advocacy and Research Purpose

Advocacy and Research that we undertake, including who we partner with, supports our purpose to provide a practical pathway for businesses to increase competitivenesssupport faster innovation and drive economic impact through effective engagement with Advisors.


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