Lack of Method Variance in Self-Reported Affect and Perceptions at Work: Reality or Artifact?

Larry J. Williams, Joseph A. Cote, M. Ronald Buckley

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Abstract

Spector (1987) recently concluded that there is little evidence of method variance in multitrait-multimethod studies of self-reported affect and perceptions at work. In this article we propose that this conclusion was incorrect and was the result of improper analytical procedures. Spector's data were reanalyzed by using a more powerful approach: confirmatory factor analysis. Model comparisons and variance partitioning indicated that method variance is present and accounts for approximately 25% of the variance in the measures examined by Spector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-468
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1989

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