The Moderating Role of Industrial Experiences in the Job Satisfaction Intention to Leave Relationship : An Empirical Study among Salesmen in India

The paper explores the moderating role of Industrial experience in the relationship between different facets of a sales person’s satisfaction with the job and his/her intention to quit the job.

The study is based on the data collected from sales persons from a pharmaceutical company in India. Dimensions of job satisfaction have been specifically developed for this study due to the cultural specificity of the context. The job satisfaction scale was developed through a process of qualitative research.

The study finds that industry experience moderates the job satisfaction, disinclination to quit relationship for most of the job satisfaction dimensions. Specifically it is seen than Industry experience has a moderating effect when we consider the effect of a salesperson’s satisfaction with the organizational HR policies, supervisor satisfaction, compensation policies and career development and disinclination to quit.

Research limitations/implications
The paper contributes to the existing literature by considering the moderating effect of Industry experience, a variable hitherto not considered in sales management literature. This extends our knowledge on the factors that affect a sales person’s disinclination to quit – an extremely important factor in sales force management.

Author: Purani, Keyoor, Sahadev, Sunil

Source: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

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