On the importance of conducting construct-level analysis for multidimensional constructs in theory development and testing

Chi-Sum Wong*, Kenneth S. Law, Guo-hua Huang

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    On top of not defining explicitly the relationship between multidimensional constructs and their dimensions, many management researchers have conducted their analyses of multidimensional constructs at the dimension level only and assumed that these analyses would be valid at the construct level. This article discusses the potential problems of these practices. Data from two reported management studies are reanalyzed to show that different conclusions might be arrived when analyses are conducted at the construct rather than the dimension level. This finding is especially true when the multidimensional construct is defined under the latent model. Implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)744-764
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Management
    Volume34
    Issue number4
    Early online date30 Jan 2008
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Finance
    • Strategy and Management

    User-Defined Keywords

    • multidimensional construct
    • latent model
    • construct-level analysis
    • theory development

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