Investigating the susceptibility of measurement invariance tests: The effects of common method variance

Marcus M. Butts, Robert J. Vandenberg, Larry J. Williams

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Abstract

Although the topic of measurement equivalence/invariance (ME/I) is an ongoing concern in organizational research, we have little understanding of how accurate the analytical procedures involved in tests of ME/I really are. In particular, there is a need to investigate the susceptibility of ME/I tests to such contextual influences as common method variance and construct reliability. The present study addresses this need by using a Monte Carlo simulation to manipulate configural and metric invariance across two groups along with varying levels of method bias and reliability, and we assess how successful ME/I tests are at detecting group differences under such conditions. Based on these results, the likelihood of drawing false inferences from ME/I tests is evaluated. Finally, recommendations are presented for dealing with potential common method bias in organizational research, and avenues for future research are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2006
Event66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2006Aug 16 2006

Conference

Conference66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period08/11/0608/16/06

Keywords

  • Invariance
  • Method Variance

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    Butts, M. M., Vandenberg, R. J., & Williams, L. J. (2006). Investigating the susceptibility of measurement invariance tests: The effects of common method variance. Paper presented at 66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2006, Atlanta, GA, United States.