Sales management control level and competencies: antecedents and consequences
Piercy, Nigel F., Cravens, David W. and Lane, Nikala. (2009) Sales management control level and competencies: antecedents and consequences. Industrial Marketing Management, Vol.38 (No.4). pp. 459-467. ISSN 0019-8501Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2008.03.002
The pursuit of superior salesperson performance and higher levels of sales organization effectiveness is a growing management priority. Management control is an important antecedent to several aspects of salesperson performance and organizational effectiveness. However, prior research has neglected two important issues. First, the impact of market orientation on sales manager control approaches has not been previously considered. Second, sales manager competencies in behavior-based control have not been examined, as research has focused on the level and form of control. Market orientation and the critical sales skills required of salespeople have strong antecedent relationships with sales manager control. Also, sales manager control competencies play a significant role in shaping salesperson performance, and the impact of control competencies is larger than control level. Sales manager control competencies play an important mediating role between sales manager control level and salesperson performance and sales organization effectiveness. Our findings are based on a study of British companies in which five hundred sales managers were sent surveys and 300 usable responses (a response rate of 60%) were returned, Three important implications derived from this study include: (1) sales managers need to translate market orientation into sales force behaviors; (2) control strategy should be aligned with sales force priorities; and (3) time and resources should be invested in training sales managers. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Industrial Marketing Management|
|Official Date:||May 2009|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 459-467|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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