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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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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Marketing Channel Management by Multinational Corporations in Foreign Markets (Grewal et al.)

Multinational corporations require ongoing management of marketing channels, leading to challenges rooted in complex relationships between HQ-subsidiaries, subsidiaries-local channel partners, and third-party mediators at each host country level. For effective channel management, HQ should align subsidiary goals with HQ’s strategic motives and leverage subsidiary networks. This could be achieved by informal decision-making processes with subsidiaries to boost performance, or by moving employees across subsidiary networks.

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Corporate Board Interlocks and New Product Introductions (Srinivasan, Wuyts, and Mallapragada)

Firm’s board interlocks represent bridges to valuable market intelligence that could be used in developing incremental innovations and thus, could lead to new product developments and introductions. By analyzing new product introductions of 30 firms over the period of 1997 to 2012, Srinivasan et al. (2018) have found that the strength of the positive relationship between board interlocks and new product introductions depends on the board composition.

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Strategies to Connect with Barricaded Buyers (Chase and Murtha)

When responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) in both the public and the private sector, suppliers’ access to buyers is often restricted due to law and informal rules of engagement. The authors term these buyers ‘barricaded buyers’. Despite having limited access to these individuals, suppliers can still increase their competitiveness and selection likelihood when selling to barricaded buyers. 

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The Temporary Marketing Organization (Hadida, Heide, and Bell)

As marketing departments are shrinking and CMO tenures are getting shorter, marketers are increasingly relying on temporary marketing organizations to meets objectives with immediate impacts. However, temporary marketing organizations’ outcomes exhibit high variance. Thus, Hadida et al. (2019) propose a conceptual framework to guide firms in determination of the most appropriate selection and enforcement mechanisms depending on the form of temporary marketing organization.  

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Should a B2B Firm Have a Customer on the Board of Directors? (Bommaraju et al.)

One way to gain insight into their customers’ needs is to invite customers to have a seat on the board of directors. Based on a sample of 329 B2B firms in S&P 900 firms over nine-year period (2007-2015), Bommaraju et al. (2019) concluded that having a customer on the board of directors enhances customer orientation of firms and provides unique insights, especially when demand uncertainty is high.

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