This paper aims to popularize the Bayesian methods among novice management researchers. The paper interprets the results of Bayesian method of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), structural equation modelling (SEM), mediation and moderation analysis, with the intention that the novice researchers will apply this method in their research. The paper made an attempt in discussing various complex mathematical concepts such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Bayes factor, Bayesian information criterion and deviance information criterion (DIC), etc. in a lucid manner.
Data collected from 172 pharmaceutical sales representatives were used. The study will help the management researchers to perform Bayesian CFA, Bayesian SEM, Bayesian moderation analysis and Bayesian mediation analysis using SPSS AMOS software.
The interpretation of the results of Bayesian CFA, Bayesian SEM and Bayesian mediation analysis were discussed.
The management scholars are non-statisticians and are not much aware of the benefits offered by Bayesian methods. Hitherto, the management scholars use predominantly traditional SEM in validating their models empirically, and this study will give an exposure to “Bayesian statistics” that has practical advantages.
This is one paper, which discusses the following four concepts: Bayesian method of CFA, SEM, mediation and moderation analysis.
R.M., H. and Jacob, J. (2018), "Bayesian structural equation modelling tutorial for novice management researchers", Management Research Review, Vol. 41 No. 11, pp. 1254-1270. https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-11-2017-0377Download as .RIS
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