Electronic mail appraisal: a buyer and seller survey

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James S. Boles, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The communication environment for buyer-seller interfaces is being transformed by a variety of new communication choices. The use of electronic mail in business today is especially prevalent. This investigation explores buyer and seller reactions to electronic mail use in buyer-seller relationships. Two studies conducted explore themes perceived by buyers and sellers regarding electronic mail use. From in-depth interviews of sellers, some initial themes are developed. Second, a survey from a sampling frame of business-to-business sales people and organizational buyers advances the questions of benefits and barriers perceived to be associated with electronic mail use from both the organizational buyer and seller perspectives. From a sample of 103 buyers and 107 sellers, questions are raised about the communicative and relationship aspects that potentially influence the buyer-seller interface. Findings suggest sellers need to be attuned to individual buyers’ views in order to benefit from the new communication options regarding communication choices.

Additional Information

Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing 18 (Numbers 4 & 5, 2003), pp. 419-434
Language: English
Date: 2003
communications, business-to-business marketing, sales, organizations, buyers, electronic mail

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