The changing role of sales: viewing sales as a strategic, cross-functional process
Storbacka, K., Ryals, L., Davies, I. A. and Nenonen, S., 2009. The changing role of sales: viewing sales as a strategic, cross-functional process. European Journal of Marketing, 43 (7/8), pp. 890-906.
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Purpose – Although there is substantial practitioner evidence for changes in the role and functioning of sales in the twenty-first century, there is little academic research charting new directions for the sales function in a business-to-business context. This paper aims to report on four case studies that illustrate how sales is changing. Design/methodology/approach – The case studies involve large global companies who were changing their existing sales process to adapt to changing circumstances. The organizations comprised four global industries: construction, power solutions, building technology, and electronics and software. Findings – The results demonstrate that sales is changing in three interrelated aspects: from a function to a process; from an isolated activity to an integrated one; and is becoming strategic rather than operational. Originality/value – The results suggest that changes in the role of sales will affect sales processes and the way that the sales function liaises with other departments.
|Creators||Storbacka, K., Ryals, L., Davies, I. A. and Nenonen, S.|
|Departments||School of Management|
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