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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (7): 1056-1070.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01056

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The application of latent profile analysis in organizational behavior research

YIN Kui1, PENG Jian2, ZHANG Jun3()   

  1. 1Donlinks School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
    2School of Management, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
    3Department of Human Resource Management and Public Administration, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Beijing 102617, China
  • Received:2018-12-10 Online:2020-07-15 Published:2020-05-21
  • Contact: Jun ZHANG


A person-centered approach views divergent variables as an interdependent system, and divides the sample into subgroups according to certain participant characteristics to analyze the antecedents and outcomes. This approach has earned much attention because it more closely approximates practice and easier to understand. Latent profile analysis (LPA) is one analytical tool typically used for such analysis. After comparing and contrasting person-centered and variable-centered approaches, and then LPA and similar analysis techniques, we systematically illuminate the domains of the field of organizational behavior where LPA can be applied. We then provide guidance for using LPA as a research method with regard to research theme, sample requirements, the use of theory, and the determination of profile number. Finally, we offer suggestions for the future development of LAP.

Key words: person-centered, latent profile analysis, heterogeneity

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