On the use, usefulness, and ease of use of structural equation modeling in MIS research: A note of caution

  • Chin W
  • Todd P
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Abstract

Structural equation modeling (SEM) using LISREL, EQS, PLS or other 2nd generation data analysis techniques is increasingly being applied in MIS research. These techniques are important because they provide powerful ways to address key IS research problems such as understanding IT usage. However, they may lead to inappropriate conclusions if statistical criteria are permitted to drive analysis and override substantive understanding of a problem. It is suggested that caution is needed in the application of SEM. The need for substantive knowledge to drive modeling, exploration, and interpretation of results is emphasized. The application of SEM in the absence of well-developed substantive knowledge can lead to equivocal results and may distract researchers from promising research paths

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  • W Chin

  • P Todd

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