Antecedents and Consequences of Adaptive Selling Confidence and Behavior: A Dyadic Analysis of Salespeople and Their Customers
Journal of the Academy Marketing Science (2010) 38:363–382
20 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2015 Last revised: 19 Feb 2016
Date Written: 2010
Personal selling is thought to be a very effective marketing vehicle. The notion of adaptive selling suggests that it should work better than any other means of communication because salespeople are able to develop a unique message for each customer. This research proposes a model of key antecedents and consequences of adaptive selling. In particular, we distinguish, measure, and model the attitudinal and behavioral aspects of adaptive selling, something that is encouraged but not thoroughly examined in the literature. Hypotheses are tested using data from 210 salesperson-customer dyads. The results indicate that a salesperson’s perception of the firm’s customer orientation has an effect on adaptive selling behavior through the salesperson’s adaptive selling confidence, role ambiguity, intrinsic motivation and customer-qualification skills. Adaptive selling behavior increases salesperson’s outcome performance, customers’ evaluations of satisfaction with the product and with the salesperson, which enhance customers’ anticipation of future interactions with the salesperson. The implications for management and theory are discussed.
Keywords: Adaptive selling behavior, Adaptive selling confidence, Salesperson’s outcome performance, Firm’s customer orientation, Salesperson’s skills, Intrinsic motivation, Role ambiguity, Customer satisfaction, Customer retention, Dyadic data
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