An exploratory study of factors influencing make-or-buy of sales activities

Rogers, Beth and Rodrigo, Padmali (2015) An exploratory study of factors influencing make-or-buy of sales activities. Strategic Outsourcing: An International Journal, 8 (2/3). pp. 229-261. ISSN 1753-8297

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to explore how sales managers make resourcing decisions with particular focus on their perceptions of outsourcing.
Design/methodology/approach
This paper is based on in-depth interviews with 29 senior sales managers from a variety of industry sectors based in the UK. All had more than five years’ experience of making resourcing decisions.
Findings
The findings are that resourcing decisions are prompted by cost pressure, the need to access skills or to improve flexibility. Outsourcing preferences are strongly moderated by perceived reputational risk. Availability of suitable suppliers and the ability to manage outsourcing are also practical moderators.
Research limitations/implications
The sample was purposeful in identifying and accessing senior respondents in substantial companies with extensive experience, but it was not random.
Practical implications
Respondents reported a lack of information available when making resourcing decisions; the model proposed provides a framework by which sales managers can identify the factors which should be taken into account and the information they need to make objective evaluations of resourcing options.
Originality/value
It has been acknowledged in prior literature that there is relatively little outsourcing of sales activities. This is the first exploratory study of the perceptions of sales managers about resourcing options and the first conceptualisation of how sales resourcing decisions are made.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N500 Marketing
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 14:58
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 15:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42840

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