Chapter 6: Assessing PLS-SEM Results Part III - Evaluation of the Structural Model

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the concept of model fit in a PLS-SEM context.
  2. Assess the path coefficients in the structural model.
  3. Evaluate the coefficients of determination (R² values).
  4. Understand and evaluate the f ² effect size.
  5. Use the blindfolding procedure to assess the predictive relevance (Q² value) of the path model.
  6. Understand how to report and interpret the structural model results.

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Chapters 4 and 5 provided insights into the evaluation of reflective and formative measurement models. This chapter continues the analysis and focuses on the structural model that represents the underlying structural theories/concepts of the path model. Assessment of the structural model results enables you to determine the model’s capability to predict one or more target constructs. We first discuss the concept of model fit in a PLS-SEM context and then introduce a range of measures that should be used to assess the structural model. The chapter concludes with a practical application and assessment of the PLS-SEM results of the structural model by means of our corporate reputation example and using the SmartPLS 3 software.