Structural Equation Modeling: Software Comparative Review

Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Istanbul, Turkey, July 3 – 6, 2012

Posted: 17 Jul 2012

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Shahryar Sorooshian

University of Malaya (UM)

Alireza Afshari

Islamic Azad University (IAU)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

After a long period of stagnancy, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) has recently attracted renewed interest from applied researchers in Management modeling and engineering analysis. At the same seen, the software availability with different alternatives to SEM packages has considerably increased. To guide scholars to have an informed choice and make a better decision, the existing software programs will be reviewed in this paper; their weaknesses and strengths will be identified. Thus, applied researchers should treat the SEM research objectives and their data with caution to the result of this comparison presents in this paper. Specifically we review details of SPSS addition SEM analysis, Analysis of Moment Structures (AMOS), and compare it with other SEM programs such as EQS, HLM, Mplus, PLS graph, and LSREL. AMOS will be compared to software packages for Latent variable analysis/ modeling of covariance structure/Path analysis/ mediation analysis. To enrich the result of our comparative review, we rank the presented SEM software through a Multi attribute decision making method, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) technique, using opinions of a group of SEM experts in field of business modeling, to rank SEM software packages; this ranking study result shows AMOS above others.

Keywords: Structural equation modeling, AMOS, Latent variable analysis, Mediation analysis

Suggested Citation

Sorooshian, Shahryar and Afshari, Alireza, Structural Equation Modeling: Software Comparative Review (2012). Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Istanbul, Turkey, July 3 – 6, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109400

Shahryar Sorooshian (Contact Author)

University of Malaya (UM) ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
University of Malaya (UM)
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Alireza Afshari

Islamic Azad University (IAU)

Hamedan, Iran
Tehran, Isfahan 461-15655
Iran

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