Research

How Does Sharing A Sales Force Between Multiple Divisions Affect Salespeople?

An increasing number of firms are sharing a sales force between multiple divisions of their companies. Although this practice may increase organizational efficiency by reducing unit selling costs, it is not clear how it affects outcomes at the level of the individual salesperson. This study examines the effects of sharing a sales force between multiple divisions on salespeople's role perceptions, satisfaction, and performance. The results indicate that sharing is associated with higher levels of role stress and lower levels of work satisfaction and nonfinancial performance. The association between sharing and financial performance is not significant Formalization and centralization of the sales organization moderate the relationships between sharing and the outcome variables. Higher levels of formalization lessen the effects of sharing on salespeople's role conflict, role ambiguity, and work satisfaction. Conversely, higher levels of centralization exacerbate the effects of sharing on role ambiguity and work satisfaction.

Publication Information
Article Title: How Does Sharing A Sales Force Between Multiple Divisions Affect Salespeople?
Journal: Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (Jul, 1996)
Vol. 24 Issue 3, p195, ISSN 0092-0703
Author(s): Sohi, Ravi;  Smith, D. C.;  Ford, N. M.
Researcher Information
    
Sohi, Ravi
Sohi, Ravi
Professor and Robert D. Hays Distinguished Chair of Sales Excellence
Expertise:
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Channels Management
  • Sales Management
Marketing
CoB 335D
P.O. Box 880492
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0492, USA
Phone: (402) 472-2316
Fax: (402) 472-9777
ravisohi@unl.edu