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The direct effect of B2B sellers' skills on relative and absolute sales performance: a dual measurement approach

Rocio Rodriguez (Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway) (University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain)
Nils M. Høgevold (Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway)
Carmen Otero-Neira (Organización de empresas y Marketing, Universidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain)
Göran Svensson (Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 25 August 2022

Issue publication date: 19 April 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test the direct effect of B2B sellers' skills on relative and absolute sales performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a questionnaire survey and deductive approach. A total of 236 useable questionnaires out of 315 are returned, generating a response rate of 74.9%.

Findings

Only one out of twelve hypothesized relationships in the research model of the direct effect of B2B sellers' skills on relative and absolute sales performance turned out to be significant.

Research limitations/implications

Indicate that the researchers’ current understanding of the effect of sales performance indicators on sales performance, based on B2B sellers' skills, is narrow and simplistic.

Practical implications

Results indicate that there are skills other than the tested ones (i.e. interpersonal, adaptiveness and selling-related knowledge), that can have direct effects on B2B sellers' relative and absolute sales performance.

Originality/value

Sheds light on the ambiguous direct effect of B2B sellers' skills on sales performance and the almost non-existent direct effect on B2B sellers' relative and absolute sales performance.

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Citation

Rodriguez, R., Høgevold, N.M., Otero-Neira, C. and Svensson, G. (2023), "The direct effect of B2B sellers' skills on relative and absolute sales performance: a dual measurement approach", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 36 No. 1, pp. 64-85. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-03-2022-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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