Should partial least squares be used for analysing psychological constructs?
Rouse, Anne C. 2009, Should partial least squares be used for analysing psychological constructs?, in ANZAM 2009 : Sustainable management and marketing, Promaco Conventions, [Canning Bridge, W.A.], pp. 1-18.
This paper critically examines an analytical tool - partial least squares regression, or P LS - that is increasingly being used in the academic business literature to validate measures of psychological constructs, and to test hypotheses based on these. The paper provides a contextual and historical review of the resurgence of P LS, and explores several of the claims made by its developers and supporters when it was first promoted in the 1980s, and, more recently, when it reappeared in the information systems literature. Many claims appear plausible but rest on non-mainstream uses of terms and concepts taken from the psychometric field. The paper also canvasses why P LS is a poor analytical tool for research that involves psychological constructs.
Field of Research
150302 Business Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective
890205 Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture)