Application of Structural Equation Models to Business Research Using EQS Software

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0.5 ECTS
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This seminar is highly practical. The seminar will start with a revision of theoretical aspects of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). Practical details about the use of specific EQS software are described below.  In the last part various real situations will be resolved by applying the knowledge developed by using EQS.  At the end of the day enough knowledge will have been gained to work with a database and evaluate the model proposed by the researcher.

The course is taught by Dr Frederic Marimon and Dr Marta Mas:

Frederic Marimon is a full professor and Planning and Quality Vice-president in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The main field of interest in quality management, tackled from different areas: standardised quality management systems (ISO 9000), quality management system models (EFQM), evaluation of the quality of services, particularly online services, analysis of the dissemination of different management standards, analysis of quality dimensions in different sectors such as healthcare services, online banking, online travel agencies or online supermarkets. 

Marta Mas is a tenured professor in the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, and dean of the same faculty. Her teaching mainly focuses on strategic marketing and human resources.  Similarly, her main lines of research cover areas related to knowledge management, strategy and corporate missions. She has also undertaken various quantitative research projects by measuring quality in different sectors and types of company.. 

Tuesday 7 July 2020 

10.00-13.00 h; 15.00-16.00 h

- Introduction

- Analysis of variance

- Rules for determining the parameters of the model

- Specification of the model

- Model adjustment

- Model identification

- Model adjustment logic

- How EQS works… EQS output

- Practical cases

- How EQS works… Output EQS

- SEM application cases:

  • Bivariate regression
  • Full model (Bagozzi: behavioural intentions)
  • Multiple regression
  • Path analysis (case studies; mediation analysis)
  • Lagrange multiplier test (nested models)


Wednesday 8 July 2020

10 a.m to 1 p.m

- Factor analyses (exploratory and confirmatory)

- Models with different constructs (case study: travel agencies)

- Mediation models

- Multigroup analysis

Though the module ends here, participants are encouraged to stay in the afternoon and discuss their models amongst themselves or with me.


Wednesday 8 July 2020

3-4 p.m.

- 3 p.m. Workshop: Presentation of participants’ models (10 min. per model)

- 4 p.m. Analysis of the participants’ models with Dr Frederic Marimon


Study programme and subjects 2020-2021

Subjects in course 1 Type Term ECTS
Application of Structural Equation Models to Business Research Using EQS Software Type: OB Term: Second semester ECTS: 0.5
  • ECTS: European Credit Transfer System
  • Term: calendar period
  • (a): subjects which are taught in English

Prerequisites & admissions

The course is aimed at academics, doctoral students or professionals who are interested in the use of statistical procedures for the modeling of structural equations for their research projects.

The course can be taken independently or along with the Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) through the use of fsQCA software course.


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