There's SEM and 'SEM' - a critique of PLS regression in information systems research

Corbitt, B and Rouse, A 2008, 'There's SEM and 'SEM' - a critique of PLS regression in information systems research', in A. Mills and S. Huff (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Christchurch, New Zealand, 3-5 December 2008, pp. 845-855.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title There's SEM and 'SEM' - a critique of PLS regression in information systems research
Author(s) Corbitt, B
Rouse, A
Year 2008
Conference name 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2008)
Conference location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference dates 3-5 December 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) A. Mills
S. Huff
Publisher ACIS
Place of publication Christchurch, New Zealand
Start page 845
End page 855
Total pages 11
Abstract method for SEM analysis, and for confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Yet a body of IS literature has developed arguing that PLS regression is a superior tool for these analyses, and for establishing reliability and validity. Despite these claims, the views underlying this PLS literature are not universally shared. In this paper the authors review the PLS and mainstream SEM literatures, and describe the key differences between the two classes of tools. The paper also canvasses why PLS regression is rarely used in management, marketing, organizational behaviour, and that branch of psychology concerned with good measurement ¿ psychometrics. The paper offers some practical options to Australasian researchers seeking greater mastery of SEM, and also acts as a roadmap for readers who want to check for themselves what the mainstream SEM literature has to say.
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