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To aggregate or not to aggregate: steps for developing and validating higher-order multidimensional constructs

Johnson, Russell, Rosen, Christopher C. and Chang, Chu-Hsiang 2011, To aggregate or not to aggregate: steps for developing and validating higher-order multidimensional constructs, Journal of business and psychology, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 241-248, doi: 10.1007/s10869-011-9238-1.

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Title To aggregate or not to aggregate: steps for developing and validating higher-order multidimensional constructs
Author(s) Johnson, Russell
Rosen, Christopher C.
Chang, Chu-Hsiang
Journal name Journal of business and psychology
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 241
End page 248
Total pages 9
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0889-3268
1573-353X
Summary The use of higher-order multidimensional constructs (i.e., latent constructs comprised of standalone variables) in the organizational psychology and behavior literatures is becoming commonplace. Despite their advantages (e.g., greater parsimony and bandwidth), the development and validation of such constructs often unfolds in an indiscriminant fashion. It is not surprising, then, that much debate has arisen regarding the viability of many higher-order constructs. In this article, we outline ten recommendations for improving the construct- and criterion-related validity of higher-order constructs. Chief among these recommendations include the need for researchers to specify precise theoretical and empirical inclusion criteria, to rule out alternative explanations for the emergence of a higher-order factor and to assess incremental and relative importance. To illustrate how these recommendations play out, we apply them to core self-evaluation as an example. We believe that higher-order constructs may offer unique insight into work-relevant phenomena, provided they are established via rigorous means.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10869-011-9238-1
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090867

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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