12 Structural Equation Modeling in Management Research: A Guide for Improved Analysis

Larry Williams, Robert J. Vandenberg, Jeffrey R. Edwards

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Abstract

Abstract A large segment of management research in recent years has used structural equation modeling (SEM) as an analytical approach that simultaneously combines factor analysis and linear regression models for theory testing. With this approach, latent variables (factors) represent the concepts of a theory, and data from measures (indicators) are used as input for statistical analyses that provide evidence about the relationships among latent variables. This chapter first provides a brief introduction to SEM and its concepts and terminology. We then discuss four issues related to the measurement component of such models, including how indicators are developed, types of relationships between indicators and latent variables, approaches for multidimensional constructs, and analyses needed when data from multiple time points or multiple groups are examined. In our second major section, we focus on six issues related to the structural component of structural equation models, including ho
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-604
JournalThe Academy of Management Annals
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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