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The Influence of the Compensation System and Personal Variables on a Salesperson's Effective Listening Behaviour

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Abstract:

Effective listening is crucial for salespeople to succeed in today's personal selling environment, yet poor listening is still one of the most important factors contributing to a salesperson's failure. Despite its importance, very little research has focused on effective listening in this context. This study proposes a model that explains the effective listening behaviour of salespeople in terms of their method of compensation, ability to use customer knowledge, intrinsic motivation, gender, education and experience. The findings suggest that the above factors, with the exception of experience, are significant determinants of effective listening in the sales environment. A discussion of theoretical and managerial implications is presented, and key areas for future research are suggested.

Keywords: EFFECTIVE LISTENING; METHOD OF COMPENSATION; PERSONAL VARIABLES; SALESPEOPLE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1362/0267257053166776

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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