PLS-SEM in information systems: seizing the opportunity and marching ahead full speed to adopt methodological updates

Misty Sabol, Joe Hair, Gabriel Cepeda, José L. Roldán, Alain Yee Loong Chong

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    Purpose: Expanded awareness and application of recent PLS-SEM reporting practices were again called for by Hair (2022) in his PLS 2022 Keynote Address. This paper aims to analyze and extend the application of PLS-SEM in Industrial Management and Data Systems (IMDS) to focus on trends emerging in the more recent 2016–2022 period. Design/methodology/approach: A review of PLS-SEM applications in information systems studies published in IMDS and MISQ for the period 2012–2022 identifies and comments on a total of 135 articles. Selected emerging advanced analytical PLS-SEM applications are also highlighted to expand awareness of their value in more rigorously evaluating model results. Findings: There is a continually increasing maturity of the information systems field in applying PLS-SEM, particularly for IMDS authors. Model complexity and improved prediction assessment as well as other advanced analytical options are increasingly identified as reasons for applying PLS-SEM. Research limitations/implications: Findings demonstrate the continued use and acceptance of PLS-SEM as a useful alternative research methodology within IS. PLS-SEM is the preferred SEM method in many research settings, but particularly when the research objective is prediction to the population, mediation and mediated moderation, formative constructs are specified, constructs must be modeled as higher-order and for competing model comparisons. Practical implications: This update on PLS-SEM applications and recent methodological developments will help authors to better understand and apply the method, as well as publish their work. Researchers are encouraged to engage in more complete analyses and include enhanced reporting procedures. Originality/value: Applications of PLS-SEM for prediction, theory testing and confirmation are increasing. Information systems scholars should continue to exercise sound practice by reporting reasons for using PLS-SEM and recognizing its wider applicability for both exploratory and confirmatory research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2997-3017
    Number of pages21
    JournalIndustrial Management and Data Systems
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2023


    • Information systems
    • Methodological updates
    • PLS
    • PLS-SEM

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management Information Systems
    • Industrial relations
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Strategy and Management
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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