B2B Pulse: Content Library

The ISBM Pulse content library contains archived copies of previous member meeting presentations, webinars, courses, articles/reports, and a multitude of other knowledge. This material is freely available for our ISBM members.

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Ideation When Social Distancing

Many employees are practicing social distancing by working from home. This new environment prevents the free flow of ideas, especially those originating from informal hallway conversations and coffee breaks. The lack of ideas coming from the organization hurts innovation processes and quite frankly, the main operations and firm practice too. How can we maintain the flow of ideas at a (social) distance? This article offers advice on maintaining connection, interaction, and idea generation in virtual settings.

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ISBM Thoughtleadership: Marketing in Uncertain Times

In partnership with EMM Group, the corporate ISBM partner has put together the attached tutorial on how marketers should revisit their plans and rapidly assess the major shifts occurring in your marketplace. As marketers, you are well positioned to exert your value and help shape the near-term direction of your firm. The tutorial references several valuable tools assembled into a toolkit that can be sent to you upon your request. In order to receive the toolkit, respond as instructed in this tutorial. 

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Business Insights from China’s Response to the Coronavirus

Managers lack clear guidance on how to deal with a global disruption such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. This article reports on the results of an analysis of the effects of the Chinese government quarantines on companies and workers. The outcomes of this research offer important lessons for managers. In this study, among others, the authors cover the pandemic’s impact on China’s economy, global trade, production, and pollution. They also identify best practices, ranging from remote working, operational shocks, and the role of an organization in the wider community. 

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A Wake-Up Call for Globalized Supply Chains

Due to the ever increasingly global supply chains, the impact of the disruption caused by the coronavirus contagion is felt worldwide. Industrial industries are particularly affected. Now is the time to rethink the complex interdependencies in our supply chains. In the MIT Sloan Management Review, Professor Willy Shih of the Harvard Business School covers the rationale for global supply chains, and offers managers a number of actions to reassess supply chain risk.

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Understanding the Long-Term Implications of Retailer Returns in B2B relationships (Beitelspacher et al.)

Beitelspacher et al. (2018), used longitudinal survey data and supplier CRM data of a global sporting goods supplier to analyze the effects of returns on salespeople behavior and future retailers returns. The authors found that conceptualization of exchanges between suppliers and retailers as reciprocal rather than negotiated enhances relationship building efforts. This article also highlights the importance of salespeople’s ability to recognize that negative occurrences (i.e. returns that might lower their sales achievements and commissions) could be turned into positive opportunities.

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Disentangling the effect of services on B2B firm value: Trade-offs of sales, profits, and earnings volatility (Nezami, Worm, and Palmatier)

Many B2B manufacturers have moved from their previously successful product-centric strategies to more service-oriented business models. Yet despite their substantial investments in services, firms fail to understand the performance ramifications of these offerings. With a longitudinal data set of 227 B2B manufacturers listed in the S&P 1500 index, this study disentangles the simultaneous effects of financial-based mechanisms that link the service ratio (i.e., share of a firm’s revenue generated from selling services) to firm value.

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The Relative Influence of Economic and Relational Direct Marketing Communications on Buying Behavior in B2B Markets (Kim and Kumar)

B2B firms spend significant resources in direct marketing to manage their customer relationships. Firms should understand how customers evaluate these organizational marketing communications, which ultimately affect their buying behaviors. Based on four years of customer relationship management data of a Fortune 500 B2B service firm, Kim and Kumar (2018) built a model that aids B2B firms to strategically allocate marketing resources across economic and relational value messaging.

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Industry Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting business and consumer behavior in an unprecedented way. The full consequences of the spread of the coronavirus are still unclear – but we can see that many business sectors are severely impacted by the illness. Many industries face rapid change. Analyists at Business Insider Intelligence and eMarketer have formulated a top three of impact expectations.

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What Sets Growth Leaders Apart From Growth Laggards?

What distinguishes growth leaders from growth laggards? In this interview, George Day and Gregory P. Shea discuss how organically growing firms successfully attract, nurture, and retain innovation talent. The commitment to innovation is ingrained in a firm’s culture and organizational structures and processes. Innovation talent is drawn to organizations with these characteristics. 

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