A global perspective on the current state of sales education in the college curriculum

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  • In developing on-going customer relationships required in a global business world, twenty-first-century businesses are demanding greater numbers of well-trained, entry-level sales representatives while at the same time expecting higher levels of professionalism and skill from these salespeople. With increased focus on professional selling, we address the question: has the delivery of sales education at universities evolved in response to current demands? This research assesses the current state of sales education in domestic and international universities by surveying department chairs and sales faculty to determine what courses are being taught, what pedagogical techniques are being used, and what are the concerns facing departments in the delivery of sales education. In addition, we contrast the curriculum of schools that offer a dedicated sales program with those that have a general business or marketing program. We also focus attention on the differences and similarities of U. S. and global universities' sales offerings. Our findings provide benchmarks for schools that are developing or enhancing their sales courses to meet the demand from businesses. © 2011 PSE National Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
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  • Deeter-Schmelz DR; Kennedy K
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  • 55
  • End Page

  • 75
  • Volume

  • 31
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  • 1