Motivating the Industrial Sales Force in the Sales Forecasting Process
Sales forecasting; Motivation; Job satisfaction; Job seriousness; Forecasting training
Industrial Marketing Management
Previous research has recognized the value of the industrial salesperson's role in the sales forecasting process, and offered normative descriptions of what that role should be. However, no studies have been conducted to determine the variables that motivate industrial sales force involvement in and contribution to the sales forecasting process. This study employed depth interviews and survey research to develop and test a conceptual model of industrial sales force forecasting motivation. The research identifies five environmental signals that can be employed by managers to impact an industrial salesperson's level of satisfaction with, effort directed towards, and seriousness placed in the sales forecasting process.
Recommended CitationMcCarthy Byrne, Teresa M.; Moon, Mark A.; and Mentzer, John T., "Motivating the Industrial Sales Force in the Sales Forecasting Process" (2011). Marketing Department Journal Articles. Paper 58.