2018 PLS Applications Symposium

PLS Applications Symposium

Location and dates:
Texas A&M International University

Laredo, Texas
11 - 13 April 2018 (Wednesday - Friday)
Submissions accepted:
1 August 2017 - 15 February 2018
Symposium theme:

PLS-based data analytics

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*** 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 ***

Symposium Chair:

Ned Kock, Texas A&M International University, USA


Email for contact:



Advisory Committee:

Alan Brandyberry, Kent State University, USA
Antonio Padilla-Meléndez, University of Málaga, Spain
E. Vance Wilson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
Frank Buckler, NEUSREL Causal Analytics, Germany & USA
Gaston Sanchez, Oniris, France
Geoffrey Hubona, Texas A&M International University, USA
James E. Gaskin, Brigham Young University, USA
Jesus Carmona, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, USA
Jie Zhang, Midwestern State University, USA
Johnny Amora, De La Salle - CSB, Philippines
Ken Guo, California State University - Fullerton, USA
Kevin E. Dow, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China
Michael Maar, The Boeing Company, USA
Murad Moqbel, University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
Nazim Taskin, Massey University, New Zealand
Ottorino Morresi, University of Rome III, Italy
Pierre Hadaya, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Ronaldo Parente, Florida International University, USA
S. Mostafa Rasoolimanesh, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Thurasamy Ramayah, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Zakariya Belkhamza, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia


*** 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: plsas@scriptwarp.com


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

John Doe
Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
ABC University
1234 University Boulevard
University City, Texas, USA
Tel: +1-956-333-1234
Fax: +1-956-333-4321
Email: johndoe@abcu.edu
Web site: http://www.abcu.edu/johndoe

Jane Doe
Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
ABC University
1234 University Boulevard
University City, Texas, USA
Tel: +1-956-333-2345
Fax: +1-956-333-5432
Email: janedoe@abcu.edu
Web site: http://www.abcu.edu/janedoe

What if a researcher obtains empirical data by asking questions to gauge the effect of a medical technology on task performance, but does not obtain data on the extent to which the medical technology is used? This characterizes what is referred to here as a scenario with one group and one condition, where the researcher is essentially left with only one column of data to be analyzed. When this happens, often researchers do not know how to analyze the data, or analyze the data making incorrect assumptions and using unsuitable techniques. Some of the PLS method’s features make it particularly useful in this type of scenario, such as its support for small samples and the use of data that does not meet parametric assumptions. The main goal of this presentation is to help medical technology researchers use the PLS method to analyze data in this type of scenario, where only one group and one condition are available. Two other scenarios are also discussed – a typical scenario, and a scenario with one group and two before-after technology introduction conditions. While the focus here is on medical technology use, the recommendations apply to many other fields.

Keywords: Multivariate Statistics, Partial Least Squares, Structural Equation Modeling, Field Research, Action Research, Medical Technology


*** Workshop on PLS-SEM ***

On 11 April 2018 a full-day workshop on PLS-SEM will be conducted by Dr. Ned Kock and Dr. Geoffrey Hubona, 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. Dr. Hubona has extensive experience conducting research and teaching topics related to PLS-SEM, using WarpPLS and a variety of other tools. 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) by Dr. Hubona; and (b) intermediate and advanced PLS-SEM issues, conducted in the afternoon (2 pm - 5 pm) by Dr. Kock. 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 - Viewing Nonlinear Relationships - Solving Collinearity Problems - Conducting a Factor-Based PLS-SEM Analysis - Using Consistent PLS Factor-Based Algorithms - Exploring Statistical Power and Minimum Sample Sizes - Exploring Conditional Probabilistic Queries - Exploring Full Latent Growth - Conducting Multi-Group Analyses - Assessing Measurement Invariance - Creating Analytic Composites.


*** 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 2017: Submissions accepted.

- Within 4 weeks of submission: Decisions sent to authors.

- 15 February 2018: Deadline for submissions.

- 11 April 2018: Workshop on PLS-SEM (whole day).

- 11 April 2018: Welcome reception (evening).

- 12 April 2018: Social event (evening).

- 12-13 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).