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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.

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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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.