An Investigation of the Theory Practice Gap in Professional Sales

Ellen Bolman Pullins, Hanna Timonen, Timo Kaski, Mari Holopainen

Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

20 Sitaatiot (Scopus)
82 Lataukset (Pure)

Abstrakti

This article considers the theory-practice gap in professional sales. Scholars note a discrepancy between scholarly knowledge and the practice of selling. We study three exemplar gaps using an extensive qualitative dataset, mainly in-depth interviews, in order to better understand why these gaps exist. Theory-practice gaps in listening, follow-up, and adaptability have not been empirically confirmed in light of rapid change in the sales field. After confirming these gaps, we explore antecedents, uncovering several underlying reasons for gap formation. We consider theoretical and managerial implications. In particular, we elaborate on the need for theory to be more relevant and contextualized.
AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut17-38
Sivumäärä22
JulkaisuJOURNAL OF MARKETING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Vuosikerta25
Numero1
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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