Strategic Customer Management: Strategizing the Sales Organization

Hardcover | December 3, 2009

byNigel F Piercy, Nikala Lane

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A revolution is taking place in the way companies organize and manage the 'front-end' of their organization, where it meets its customers. Traditional concepts of sales management, account management, and customer service are being overtaken by initiatives like customer business development, the strategic sales organization, and strategic customer management. This book aims to provide insights into how this revolution is unfolding andto provide a framework for executives and management students to address the issues involved. The book focuses on the transformation of the traditional sales organization into a strategic force leading the strategic customer management process in companies.Traditionally, the area of sales management has mainly been treated as a tactical, operational topic in the conventional marketing literature - simply part of the communications mix within the planned marketing programme. However, the emergence of major customers as dominant buyers in many sectorsas a result of pressures towards consolidation and enhanced scale of operations, is changing the way in which sales issues are addressed in supplier organizations. The growth of new forms of buyer-seller relationship based on collaboration and partnering has encouraged organizations to reconsiderthe sales and account management operation as an important source of competitive differentiation in commoditized markets. Increasingly, sales is being perceived as a central part of business strategy and attention given to the challenges in better aligning sales processes with strategy. This hasmany implications for the design of the sales organization and its management strategy, which go far beyond the confines of conventional marketing views.

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A revolution is taking place in the way companies organize and manage the 'front-end' of their organization, where it meets its customers. Traditional concepts of sales management, account management, and customer service are being overtaken by initiatives like customer business development, the strategic sales organization, and strate...

Nigel F Piercy BA, MA, PhD, DLitt, FCIM is one of the best-known business school academics in marketing and strategy in the UK. He is Professor of Marketing and Strategy at Warwick Business School. He was previously professor of strategic marketing at Cranfield School of Management, where he was head of the marketing group. His resear...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544506

ISBN - 13:9780199544509

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Part I: Making the Case1. Introduction: Is Sales the New Marketing?Part II: Making the Sales Organizaion Strategic2. Involvement: Putting Sales Back into Strategy3. Intelligence: You Are What You Know4. Integration: Getting Your Act Together Around Customer Value5. Internal Marketing: Selling the Customer to the Company6. Infrastructure: Aligning Sales Process and Structure With Business StrategyPart III: Meeting Broader Challenges Yet7. Inspiration: Filling the Leadership Gap8. Influence: The Power to Change Things9. Integrity: The Challenge of Corporate Responsibility and Ethics That Matter to Customers10. International: Looking Beyond National Boundaries Because Customers Do