June 13-15 Short Courses

Advanced Structural Equation Methods

Dr. Robert Vandenberg

Course Description

During our 2.5 days together, I plan to cover 4 advanced SEM topics. Across all topics, there will be some presentation on my part as to the basic theory underlying each followed by addressing some of the mechanics as to how to execute the analyses associated with each topic. My modus operandum is to first demonstrate an analysis and then give you an example to execute on your own or in teams. I demonstrate all analyses using the R program lavaan (latent variable analysis). Measurement Invariance/Equivalence (ME/I) is the first topic. ME/I analyses are applied to situations when a researcher needs to ensure that the measurement properties of multi-item scales are equivalent between 2 or more groups or equivalent across time when the same measures are repeatedly given to the same group. Latent growth modeling (LGM) is the second topic with a focus on change in one or more focal constructs across time. It is applied to situations when a researcher may want to test the antecedents and consequences to the change in constructs and/or when a change in one is a conceptual driver of change in another construct. The third advanced topic is multi-level structural equation modeling (MLSEM). The premise of these analyses is identical to regression based multi-level modeling (where only observed variables are used) in that there is conceptual interest in testing hypotheses at a higher-unit level such as teams, departments, organizations, or some other cluster. However, latent variables are used to operationalize the constructs at the various levels and not observed variables. The fourth topic is latent variable moderation followed by latent variable moderated-mediation. The premises underlying both are equivalent to the regression-based forms of these analyses. That is, the researcher is interested in testing contingent hypotheses. However, latent variables and not observed variables operationalize each of the key constructs.

Event Information

June 13-15, 2024

Thu/Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Sat: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Wayne State University
Mike Ilitch School of Business

Meet the Instructor

Dr. Robert Vandenberg, the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business Emeritus at the University of Georgia, is renowned for his work in applied psychology. With a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 1982, he excels in research topics like employee involvement, measurement, organizational commitment, and culture. Dr. Vandenberg’s achievements include editorial board positions, a Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management, and leadership roles at the University of Georgia. His extensive career spans full professorships and department head positions. Dr. Vandenberg has collaborated extensively with CARMA to deliver courses on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM).

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