Conflating Antecedents and Formative Indicators: A Comment on Aguirre-Urreta and Marakas

Information Systems Research, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 780-784, 2014

Posted: 14 Jun 2017

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Edward Rigdon

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Jan-Michael Becker

University of Cologne - Department of Marketing and Brand Management

Arun Rai

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Christian M. Ringle

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH); Waikato Management School

A. Diamantopoulos

Independent

Elena Karahanna

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business

Detmar Straub

Georgia State University

Theo Klaas Dijkstra

Independent

Date Written: December 18, 2013

Abstract

Aguirre-Urreta and Marakas [Aguirre-Urreta MI, Marakas GM (2014) Research note — Partial least squares and models with formatively specified endogenous constructs: A cautionary note. Inform. Systems Res. 25(4):761–778] aim to evaluate the performance of partial least squares (PLS) path modeling when estimating models with formative endogenous constructs, but their ability to reach valid conclusions is compromised by three major flaws in their research design. First, their population data generation model does not represent “formative measurement” as researchers generally understand that term. Second, their design involves a PLS path model that is misspecified with respect to their population model. Third, although their aim is to estimate a composite-based PLS path model, their design uses simulation data generated via a factor analytic procedure. In consequence of these flaws, Aguirre-Urreta and Marakas’ (2014) study does not support valid inference about the behavior of PLS path modeling with respect to endogenous formatively measured constructs.

Keywords: Formative indicators, Partial least squares, Endogenous constructs

Suggested Citation

Rigdon, Edward and Becker, Jan-Michael and Rai, Arun and Ringle, Christian M. and Diamantopoulos, A. and Karahanna, Elena and Straub, Detmar and Dijkstra, Theo Klaas, Conflating Antecedents and Formative Indicators: A Comment on Aguirre-Urreta and Marakas (December 18, 2013). Information Systems Research, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 780-784, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2985447

Edward Rigdon

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

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Jan-Michael Becker

University of Cologne - Department of Marketing and Brand Management ( email )

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Arun Rai

Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business ( email )

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United States

Christian M. Ringle (Contact Author)

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) ( email )

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Waikato Management School ( email )

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A. Diamantopoulos

Independent

Elena Karahanna

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business ( email )

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United States

Detmar Straub

Georgia State University ( email )

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Theo Klaas Dijkstra

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