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Application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to Solve Environmental Sustainability Problems: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis

Abbas Mardani, Dalia Streimikiene (), Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas (), Fausto Cavallaro (), Mehrbakhsh Nilashi (), Ahmad Jusoh () and Habib Zare ()
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Dalia Streimikiene: Lithuanian Energy Institute, Breslaujos 3, LT-44403 Kaunas, Lithuania
Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas: Department of Construction Technology and Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
Fausto Cavallaro: Department of Economics, Management, Society and Institutions (EGSI), University of Molise, Via De Sanctis, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Mehrbakhsh Nilashi: Faculty of Computing, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai Johor 81310, Malaysia
Ahmad Jusoh: Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai Johor 81310, Malaysia
Habib Zare: Faculty of Economic, Management & Accounting, Yazd University, P.O. Box 89195-741, Yazd, Iran

Sustainability, 2017, vol. 9, issue 10, 1-65

Abstract: Most methodological areas assume common serious reflections to certify difficult study and publication practices, and, therefore, approval in their area. Interestingly, relatively little attention has been paid to reviewing the application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) in environmental sustainability problems despite the growing number of publications in the past two decades. Therefore, the main objective of this study is to fill this gap by conducting a wide search in two main databases including Web of Science and Scopus to identify the studies which used SEM techniques in the period from 2005 to 2016. A critical analysis of these articles addresses some important key issues. On the basis of our results, we present comprehensive guidelines to help researchers avoid general pitfalls in using SEM. The results of this review are important and will help researchers to better develop research models based on SEM in the area of environmental sustainability.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; structural equation modeling; comprehensive analysis; meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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