In spite of its valuable effectiveness, the use of Multi-group Analysis in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) appears quite new in operations management and business and somehow limited to the contribution by Koufteros and Marcoulides (2006). This paper extends this methodology by introducing a Two-Way Multi-group Analysis for analyzing the performances of Italian firms subjected/not subjected to Emission Trading (ET) regime, and characterized by Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) with environmental collaboration/monitoring. The presence of these two classification criteria (ET regime and GSCM) implies the need of developing a two-way analysis of variance on latent variables defined by the economic performance and its driving factors. This research addresses this issue by investigating a sample of 335 Italian firms and proposing a Two-Way Multi-group Analysis in SEM.
ESPOSITO VINZI, V. and DE GIOVANNI, P. (2009). Different Approaches to Structural Equation Modelling in Presence of a Group Structure: Contributions to the Analysis of Environmental Initiatives and Performances of Italian Firms. In: EURISBIS'09 - European Regional Meeting of the International Society for Business and Industrial Statistics.