This debate addresses an issue that has divided the Information Systems research community for years. Partial Least Squared (PLS) has both strong advocates and strong critics. In this debate, two prominent PLS critics (Jöerg Evermann and Mikko Rönkkö) make a set of 14 evidence-based recommendations for how and when PLS may be appropriately used. Six different responses were received, some supportive, some critical, and some making further suggestions. Significantly, even those critical responses did not make arguments against the recommendations. As such, these recommendations should serve as current recommendations for best practice for quantitative researchers as well as reviewers and editors of work making use of PLS.
Venable, J. R. (2023). Editor’s Introduction to a Debate on Proper Use of Partial Least Squares (PLS) Analysis in Information Systems. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 52, 657-662. https://doi.org/10.17705/1CAIS.05228
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