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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1814; doi:10.3390/su9101814

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

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Faculty of Management, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai Johor 81310, Malaysia
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Lithuanian Energy Institute, Breslaujos 3, LT-44403 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Construction Technology and Management, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Department of Economics, Management, Society and Institutions (EGSI), University of Molise, Via De Sanctis, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
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Faculty of Computing, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai Johor 81310, Malaysia
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Faculty of Economic, Management & Accounting, Yazd University, P.O. Box 89195-741, Yazd, Iran
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Received: 6 September 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 26 September 2017 / Published: 10 October 2017
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental sustainability; structural equation modeling; comprehensive analysis; meta-analysis environmental sustainability; structural equation modeling; comprehensive analysis; meta-analysis
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Mardani, A.; Streimikiene, D.; Zavadskas, E.K.; Cavallaro, F.; Nilashi, M.; Jusoh, A.; Zare, H. Application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to Solve Environmental Sustainability Problems: A Comprehensive Review and Meta-Analysis. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1814.

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