Wednesday, March 31, 2021

g-f(2)187 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (3/31/2021), HBR, When CEOs Make Sales Calls.

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Top-management involvement in B2B customer relationships can pay enormous dividends for suppliers and their customers. 
  • Becoming more customer-centric is not just another project for top executives to put on the to-do list; it is an essential part of growth and a fundamental driver of success.
  • Most executives see spending time with customers as a way to stay abreast of the market and as part of their job. 
  • By engaging with strategic customers—those critical to their firms’ future—senior leaders at B2B suppliers can have a significant impact on their companies’ revenue, profits, growth, shareholder value, and very survival. 
  • We have seen in our own research and consulting work with global sales organizations, the results of their involvement vary widely.

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Noel Capon is the R.C. Kopf Professor of International Marketing at Columbia Business School and a member of the board of directors of the Strategic Account Management Association.


Professor Capon teaches the electives Advanced Market Strategy: Development and Execution, and Sales, Managing the Sales Force, Key/Strategic/Global Account Management. His research interests are in Key/Strategic/Global Account management, and Market Planning and Strategy. Professor Capon has published more than 80 articles and book chapters, and in excess of 40 books. Recent books include —Managing Marketing in the 21st Century, Capon’s Marketing Framework, Capon’s Marketing Essentials, The Virgin Marketer, Sales Eats First, The Front-Line Sales Manager.  Local versions of Professor Capon’s books have been published in Asia Pacific, Brazil (Portuguese), China (Mandarin), Russia, Spanish Latin America (Spanish), Western Europe, Middle East. Professor Capon’s most recent book is Customers Win, Suppliers Win: Lessons from One of IBM’s Most Successful Strategic Account Managers.

Christoph Senn is an adjunct professor of marketing and a codirector of the Marketing and Sales Excellence Initiative at INSEAD.


Christoph Senn is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at INSEAD and Co-Director of the INSEAD Marketing & Sales Excellence Initiative (MSEI). His passion is about helping organizations build high-value business relationships.

At INSEAD, Christoph teaches in open enrolment and custom Executive Education Programs. He frequently conducts research and transfer projects in cooperation with leading companies, such as ABB, BASF, Coca-Cola, DSM, Evonik, Geberit, General Electric, Hoffmann-La Roche, Konica-Minolta, Maersk, Microsoft, Pfizer, Rusal, Schindler, Sonos, Swiss Re, Tetra Pak, Vodafone, WMF, and Zebra.

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