The Sales Ecosystem – Defining and Exploring how Various Levels of Connection and Interaction Affect the Selling Process
Using the Ecological System (Bronfenbrenner 1979) as a metaphor, there are five systems of interaction and connection that influence and create sales experiences:
Microsystems – The interaction of direct contact or bi-directional relationships (i.e., the interaction between the sales representatives and their customers)
Mesosystems – The interaction between microsystems or multidirectional relationships (i.e., the interaction between the customer and other people in the sales representative’s organization)
Exosystems – This is the indirect connection with individuals and organizations that affect relationships within the microsystem (i.e., the interaction between the customer of your customer)
Macrosystems – The connection with macro-environmental elements that affect sales (i.e., the effects of large institutions on the sales process including government, economy, culture etc.)
Chronosystems – The pattern or the history of interactions over the life course of the relationship (i.e., the effects of relationship history on the sales process)
This conference encourages researchers to develop theory concerning the interaction and connection that occurs at any of these levels. More specifically we are interested in how the level and characteristics of interactions in the “sales ecosystem” transforms buying, creates global business opportunities, affects the adoption and application of technical innovation, facilitates/hampers collaboration between marketing and selling operations within a global organization. Given that Panama is center for global transit and logistics, sales research conducted within the context of 3rd party logistics are highly encouraged.
Topics of Interest
Professional selling, buyer‐seller interactions including but not limited to:
- B2B selling
- Customer relationship management in a sales ecosystem
- Customer engagement and retention in a sales ecosystem
- Relationship building
- Key account management
- Sales negotiations
- Comparisons or assessments of selling techniques and strategies
- Adapting selling style to customer’s buying process
- Adapting selling style to bridge cultural gaps between the sales representatives and their prospects
- Challenges in co‐creating cost‐effective value propositions
- Cross cultural comparisons on buyer‐seller interactions and co‐creation processes
Given that Panama is center for global transit and logistics, sales research conducted within the context of 3rd party logistics are highly encouraged.
- Papers and Round Table Submission Deadline: January 9, 2019
- While papers of any length are accepted, we also welcome extended abstracts ( 3 pages ) as paper submissions.
- Roundtable submissions are one page and include the list of roundtable participants. At least three roundtable participants must be registered before a proposal can officially included in the program.
- Co‐Chairs Decision to Authors: February 14, 2019
- Final Formatted Paper Version Deadline: April 27, 2019
For more information about GSSI Conference, please contact the Conference Co-Chairs.
Dr. Lenita Davis
University of Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Dr. Pia Hautamaki
Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere, Finland