CARMA-AIB Research Methods Workshops

For the second year in a row, free CARMA-AIB Research Methods Workshops will be offered as a pre-conference activity for the upcoming 2017 AIB Annual Conference in Dubai. Offered as a partnership between the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and the Research Methods Special Interest Group of the AIB, these workshops are available to those seeking education related to structural equation methods and multi-level analysis. The two workshop instructors (Dr. Larry Williams, Dr. Robert Vandenberg) are each former Editors of Organizational Research Methods and recipients of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management's Distinguished Career Award, as well as frequent CARMA Short Course Instructors. Descriptions of the workshops and instructor biographies are provided below.

These workshops have limited capacity. As such, pre-registration is required to attend the free workshops. Registration links are available at

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Workshop Descriptions & Instructor Biographies

Intermediate SEM: Model Evaluation

Date and Time: July 1, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Description: This workshop is aimed at faculty and students with an introductory understanding of structural equation methods who seek a better understanding of the challenging process of making judgments about the adequacy of their models. Those who attend should have some exposure to SEM and experience in fitting structural equation models with software such as LISREL, MPlus, EQS, or AMOS. Attendees will learn out to interpret and report results from SEM analyses, and how to conduct model comparisons to obtain information relevant to inferences about their models, as well as advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to model evaluation. The workshop will include (a) review of model specification and parameter estimation, (b) overview of model evaluation, (c) logic and computations for goodness-of-fit measures, (d) analysis of residuals and latent variables, and (e) model comparison strategies.

Instructor Biography: Dr. Larry J. Williams (Donald and Shirley Clifton Chair of Survey Science) joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. Prior to that he was Professor of Management at University of North Dakota and Professor of Management/Dean's Research Chair and Professor Psychology at Wayne State University. Dr. Williams served as the Founding Editor of Organizational Research Methods (ORM), and he previously served as Consulting Editor for the Research Methods and Analysis section of the Journal of Management (1993-1996). Dr. Williams also has served as Chairperson for the Research Methods Division (RMD) of the Academy of Management. Professor Williams established in 1997 and currently serves as Director of the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA), an interdisciplinary center devoted to helping faculty and students advance their knowledge of organizational and social science research methods and data analysis techniques. In 2008, Professor Williams was recognized as one of the 150 most-cited authors in the field of management (1981-2004) in an article published in the Journal of Management. He was elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology in 2010. Finally, in 2015 he received the Academy of Management's Distinguished Educator Award.


An Introduction to Multi-level Analysis

Date and Time: July 1, 2017 - 2:00pm-5:00pm

Description: The objective of this workshop is to provide a review of commonly undertaken practices in multilevel analyses. Given the limited time, focus will be entirely on how to conduct the analyses using the Mplus software package. Therefore, the primary focus is on how to conduct the analyses rather than the conceptual basis as to why and when multilevel analyses should be undertaken. We will start with the simplest multilevel model, and build more and more complex ones using both mediation and moderation hypotheses. With respect to mediation, participants will be shown how to test the significance of the indirect effects and how to conduct bootstrapping. We will repeat this process twice. The first time will use observed variables only. The second time will use the same models, but variables will be treated as latent variables within a structural equation modeling framework. Participants will be given syntax, and a data file so that they can either do the analyses in real time during the workshop, or later in the quiet of their offices.

Instructor Biography: Dr. Robert (Bob) Vandenberg is the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Management in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Bob's primary substantive research focuses are on organizational commitment, and high involvement work processes, and he teaches introductory research methods, introduction to structural equation modeling, and advanced structural equation modeling His methodological research stream includes measurement invariance, latent growth modeling, and multilevel structural equation modeling. He has served on the editorial boards of many top journals and is the former editor of Organizational Research Methods. He is past division chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Southern Management Association. Bob also received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the Academy of Management's Research Methods Division.

We hope you plan on attending one or more of our Workshops, and please share this invitation with any of your colleagues who you think might be interested.

Dr. Larry J. Williams CARMA Director 
Donald and Shirley Clifton Chair of Survey Science
Professor of Management
Director, SRAM and CARMA
University of Nebraska Lincoln
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