A critical review of structural equation modeling applications in construction research

Xiong, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, & Xia, Bo (2015) A critical review of structural equation modeling applications in construction research. Automation in Construction, 49(Part A), pp. 59-70.

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Abstract

Structural equation modeling (SEM) is a versatile multivariate statistical technique, and applications have been increasing since its introduction in the 1980s. This paper provides a critical review of 84 articles involving the use of SEM to address construction related problems over the period 1998–2012 including, but not limited to, seven top construction research journals. After conducting a yearly publication trend analysis, it is found that SEM applications have been accelerating over time. However, there are inconsistencies in the various recorded applications and several recurring problems exist. The important issues that need to be considered are examined in research design, model development and model evaluation and are discussed in detail with reference to current applications. A particularly important issue concerns the construct validity. Relevant topics for efficient research design also include longitudinal or cross-sectional studies, mediation and moderation effects, sample size issues and software selection. A guideline framework is provided to help future researchers in construction SEM applications.

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ID Code: 78740
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Structural equation modeling, Construction research, Applications and trend, Problems and recommendations
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2014.09.006
ISSN: 0926-5805
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Automation in Construction. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Automation in Construction, [VOL 49(Part A), (2015)] DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2014.09.006
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2014 23:04
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 15:23

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