2017 PLS Applications Symposium
Location and dates:
Texas A&M International University
5 - 7 April 2017 (Wednesday - Friday)
1 August 2016 - 10 February 2017
PLS-based data analytics
*** Sponsors ***
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following: ScriptWarp Systems, Texas A&M International University, A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business, and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade.
*** Organization ***
Email for contact:
*** Topics ***
The partial least squares (PLS) method has increasingly been used in a variety of fields of research, particularly in the context of PLS-based structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) and data analytics. This growth in use is due in part to the development of powerful and user-friendly software tools, such as WarpPLS.
The focus of this Symposium is on the application of PLS-based methods, from a multidisciplinary perspective. As such, we encourage empirical submissions employing PLS as the main data analysis approach from a diverse range of disciplines. We welcome submissions from beginner, intermediate and advanced PLS users.
Submissions with practical examples of research issues and solutions are particularly welcome, whether they are based on data from actual studies or Monte Carlo simulations. We envision presentations in which both presenters and audience collaboratively learn how to successfully address PLS-based research issues.
Target PLS-based research issues include, but are not restricted to, the following: minimum sample size requirements, data and instrument validation criteria, collinearity, moderating effects, indirect and total effects, nonlinear effects, formative versus reflective schemes, resampling techniques and their use, plotting results, expressing results in standardized and unstandardized terms, and causality assessment.
There are great opportunities and challenges associated with employing PLS methods in data analytics applications, including applications involving “big data” issues. This applies to many fields, such as business analytics, where PLS methods and software tools hold great promise. We also welcome submissions that address such opportunities and challenges.
*** Submission ***
Three types of submissions are accepted: presentations, panels, and posters. The following should be provided on the body of an email: the title of the presentation, panel, or poster; the type of submission (presentation, panel, or poster); the names and full contact information of the presenters or panelists; an abstract describing the presentation, panel, or poster; and a list of 4-7 keywords. The subject of the email with the submission should be: "PLS Applications Symposium submission", followed by a "-" and the title of the submission.
All submissions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted submissions will be published in the online proceedings of the Symposium, subject to the following registration requirements. At least one of the authors listed must register for the Symposium. Panels must have 3-5 participants, all of whom must register for the Symposium. Abstracts must have 150-500 words. Below is an example of submission.
------------ Example of submission ------------
Using PLS in medical technology studies: What if I have only one group
and one condition?
Type of submission: Presentation
*** Workshop on PLS-SEM ***
On 5 April 2017 a full-day workshop on PLS-SEM will be conducted by Dr. Ned Kock, using the software WarpPLS. Dr. Kock is the original developer of this software, which is one of the leading PLS-SEM tools today; used by thousands of researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, and from many different countries. This workshop will be hands-on and interactive, and will have two parts: (a) basic PLS-SEM issues, conducted in the morning (9 am - 12 noon); and (b) intermediate and advanced PLS-SEM issues, conducted in the afternoon (2 pm - 5 pm). Participants may attend either one, or both of the two parts.
The following topics, among others, will be covered - Running a Full PLS-SEM Analysis - Conducting a Moderating Effects Analysis - Viewing Moderating Effects via 3D and 2D Graphs - Creating and Using Second Order Latent Variables - Viewing Indirect and Total Effects - Viewing Skewness and Kurtosis of Manifest and Latent Variables - Conducting a Multi-group Analysis with Range Restriction - Viewing Nonlinear Relationships - Conducting a Factor-Based PLS-SEM Analysis - Viewing and Changing Missing Data Imputation Settings - Isolating Mediating Effects - Identifying and Dealing with Outliers - Solving Indicator Problems - Solving Collinearity Problems.
*** Registration ***
The Symposium will be conducted as part of the multidisciplinary Annual Western Hemispheric Trade Conference, organized by the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. Therefore, Symposium attendees must register for the Conference, which will allow them to take advantage of a subsidized registration fee, and also participate in other Conference sessions and the Conference's social event if they so wish. To register click on the Conference link above, and then click on the registration link. Register soon - seats are limited!
*** Dates ***
- 1 August 2016: Submissions accepted.
- Within 4 weeks of submission: Decisions sent to authors.
- 10 February 2017: Deadline for submissions.
- 5 April 2017: Workshop on PLS-SEM (whole day).
- 5 April 2017: Welcome reception (evening).
- 6 April 2017: Social event (evening).
- 6-7 April 2017: Symposium sessions (whole day).
*** PLS-SEM email list ***
Participants are encouraged to subscribe to the PLS-SEM email list for discussions about the Symposium, as well as discussions about PLS-based SEM in general.
*** Directions ***
Click here to see the general location of Texas A&M International University with Google Maps. The University is located in the historic city of Laredo, Texas. There are several hotels near the University, as you can see here on Google Maps. Laredo is at driving distance from Corpus Christi (2 hours), San Antonio (2 hours), and Austin (3 hours).