Scholar and Faculty Development ProgramME (SFDP)

“Fundamentals of PLS-SEM by using SmartPLS”

With the support of SmartPLS GmbH, Germany

Hosted by NICMAR University, Pune

Dates: Aug 06-07 & Aug 13-14, 2022

Mode of Delivery: Online using Microsoft Teams/ Webex by Cisco

About SFDP​

The Scholar and Faculty Development Programme (SFDP) is planned to organize on the theme "Fundamentals of PLS-SEM by using SmartPLS" for the Ph.D. scholars and faculty members with a special focus on the built-environment domain. SmartPLS is a world-renowned software for data analysis using the partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) method. It combines state of the art methods with an easy to use and intuitive graphical user interface. PLS-SEM allows analyzing complex inter-relationships between observed and latent variables. Compared to other methods, PLS-SEM offers much flexibility in terms of modeling and data requirements. It is observed that the acceptability of the PLS-SEM approach among the built environment scholars is very less. The programme will offer a comprehensive introduction into the foundations of PLS-SEM. Therefore, through this program, the participants will be able to learn and use PLS-SEM in their research and publish quality research in their respective domains.

Objectives of the SFDP

This four-day online programme introduces participants to the state-of-the-art of partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) using the SmartPLS 4 software. This programme has been designed to familiarize participants with the potentials of using the multivariate analysis method PLS-SEM in their research.

The objectives of this programme are to provide:

  • An in-depth methodological introduction into the PLS-SEM approach (the nature of causal modeling, analytical objectives, some statistics),
  • The evaluation of measurement results, and
  • The evaluation of the structural model results.

More specifically, participants will understand the following topics:

  • Model development and fundamentals of PLS-SEM and latent variable models.
  • Assessment and reporting of measurement and structural model results including Bootstrapping.
  • Prediction-oriented results analysis including PLSpredict.
  • Introduction to robustness of structural model (non-linear effects, endogeneity, and unobserved heterogeneity)

Intended beneficiaries of the SFDP

This course has been designed for faculty members and PhD students who are interested in learning how to use the PLS-SEM method in their own research applications. Basic knowledge of multivariate statistics and SEM techniques is helpful, but not necessary.

Key Features of the SFDP

  1. SFDP will be organized with the support of SmartPLS GmbH, Germany.
  2. Participants will get hands-on experience of working on SmartPLS 4 software along with a free two months professional license key worth 48 Euros.
  3. The programme is intended for scholars of general management and construction, real-estate, infrastructure and project (CRIP) management.
  4. The programme will help the participants to develop competencies in using the PLS-SEM method in their own research applications.
  5. E certificates of participation will be provided to all the registered participants.
  6. PLS-SEM clinic will be organized for 1 hour on September 03, 2022 to resolve the queries related to the topics covered in the programme.

Programme Details​

Programme Details

  • Registration opens: June 20, 2022
  • Registration closes: July 25, 2022 or till the seats are available (whichever is earlier)
  • Resource materials shared: Aug 01, 2022
  • Day 1 & 2 of the SFDP: Aug 06-07, 2022 (3 hours each day)
  • Day 3 & 4 of the SFDP: Aug 13-14, 2022 (3 hours each day)
  • PLS-SEM Clinic: Sept 03, 2022 (for 1 hour)

Programme Schedule




Aug 06, 2022 (Sat)

02:00 – 02:15 PM

Inaugural Address by Dr. Anil Kashyap, Director General, NICMAR and Chief Patron

02:15 – 02:30 PM

Welcome address by Dr. Rajesh Goyal, Chairperson

02:30-03:15 PM

Address by Chief Guest, Dr. Jan-Michael Becker, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, BI Norwegian Business School.

03:15-05:00 PM

Session by the resource person on the topics- Introduction to PLS-SEM and SmartPLS software, specifying measurement model (formative/reflective), Model Estimation

Aug 07, 2022 (Sun)

02:00-05:00 PM

Assessing measurement model results, bootstrapping, and structural model results (mediation and moderation)

Aug 13, 2022 (Sat)

02:00-05:00 PM

Prediction oriented assessment, Introduction to robustness of structural model Part I (non-linear effects, endogeneity, and unobserved heterogeneity)

Aug 14, 2022 (Sun)

02:00-04:00 PM

Introduction to robustness of structural model Part II (non-linear effects, endogeneity, and unobserved heterogeneity)

04:00-05:00 PM

How to use PLS-SEM in construction management research by Dr. Santu Kar, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati.





Fee (Indian nationals)

Fee (Foreign nationals)


Students/ Full-time PhD scholars

INR 1500/-

INR 6400/-


Faculty Members

INR 2000/-

INR 8000/-


Industry Participants/ Part-time PhD scholars

INR 3000/-

INR 12000/-

Discounts: Only one discount can be availed at a time

  1. Group discount of 20% is available for a minimum group size of 8.
  2. NICMAR faculty members and students: 40% discount.

Resource Persons

Chief Guest

Dr. Jan-Michael Becker,

Associate Professor,
Department of Marketing,
BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway

Dr. Jan-Michael Becker is an Associate Professor at the Department of Marketing, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway. He has received his doctoral degree from the University of Cologne in Germany, where he also worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Marketing. He has been a visiting scholar at leading international business schools like Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA and University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

His research interest focuses on marketing analytics, behavioral research methods, and computational statistics, in particular structural equation modeling using partial least squares (PLS-SEM). He has published in several premier academic journals, including Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Psychometrika, Multivariate Behavioral Research, and Nature Human Behaviour. He is a co-developer and co-founder of the SmartPLS software application.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Santu Kar,

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati

Dr. Santu Kar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Guwahati. He has earned his MTech and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Delhi, and his BE degree from Jadavpur University. His research interests include material management, automation in construction, green building, resource optimization, and sustainable construction. He possesses an industry experience of more than five years at Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Construction. He has delivered lectures on the software application for project management in several training programs for industry professionals. He was a member of the panel preparing the Draft of IS code on Procurement Management.

He has published in some reputed national and international journals including ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, and International Journal of Construction Management. One of his journal papers is selected as the editor’s best paper in ASCE. Moreover, Dr. Santu has written two book chapters for international publishers. He is a reviewer of several international journals.

Course Instructor


Dr. Sachin Batra,

Associate Professor ,
School of General Management, NICMAR, Pune, India

Dr. Sachin Batra is an Associate Professor at School of General Management, National Institute of Construction Management and Research (NICMAR), Pune, India. He has over 11 years’ professional experience to his credit and a very successful track record as an academician. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). His research work published in ABDC ranked and Scopus indexed journals.

His research interest focuses on leadership, spirituality, negotiation, people analytics, and research methods, in particular structural equation modeling using partial least squares (PLS-SEM). He has also conducted several consulting assignments and MDPs with reputed organizations like Signature Global, Dnova Infracon, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, AON Hewitt, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., Galaxy Hotel Shopping Spa, HR Anexi, IIT Kharagpur, and IIT Roorkee.


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In the programme, participants will be using SmartPLS 4 professional for all PLS-SEM applications and exercises.

  • All the participants will get a free 2 months professional license key worth 48 Euros.
  • Please visit to download and install the software.


The SmartPLS webpage also provides links to useful information and literature which may be referred to.

Key Persons

Chief Patron

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Prof. Anil Kashyap
Director General,



Dr. Sachin Batra
Associate Professor, NICMAR
Mobile: 8930550721
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Chair Person

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Dr. Rajesh Goyal
Professor, NICMAR



Prof. Aritra Halder
Assistant Professor, NICMAR
Mobile: 8504017164
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