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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Using WarpPLS in e-collaboration studies: An overview of five main analysis steps

A new article discussing WarpPLS is available. The article is titled “Using WarpPLS in e-collaboration studies: An overview of five main analysis steps”. It has been recently published in the International Journal of e-Collaboration. A full text version of the article is available as a PDF file. Below is the abstract of the article.

Most relationships between variables describing natural and behavioral phenomena seem to be nonlinear, with U-curve and S-curve relationships being particularly common. Yet, structural equation modeling software tools do not typically estimate coefficients of association taking nonlinear relationships between latent variables into consideration. This can lead to misleading results, particularly in multivariate and complex phenomena such as those related to e-collaboration. One notable exception is WarpPLS (available from: warppls.com), a new structural equation modeling software currently available in its first release, version 1.0. The discussion presented here contributes to the literature on e-collaboration research methods by providing a description of the main features of WarpPLS, in the context of an e-collaboration study. The focus of this discussion is on the software’s features and their use, and not on the e-collaboration study itself. Particular emphasis is placed on the five steps through which a structural equation modeling analysis is conducted through WarpPLS.