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Can You Beat Around the Bush and Still Get the Sale?
Barbara Bickart, PhD, Maureen Morrin, PhD, and S. (Ratti) Ratneshwar, PhD


Customers can pose challenging questions, for which salespeople (despite their best intentions) may not know the answer. We define obfuscation as a providing a response that dodges the actual question and provides a pseudo-answer with irrelevant, tangential or vague information. Obfuscation could buy the salesperson some time, and could potentially limit damage to perceptions of expertise and credibility.

Transformational Relationship Events
Colleen M. Harmeling, PhD, Robert W. Palmatier, PhD, Mark B. Houston, PhD, Mark J. Arnold, PhD, and Stephen A. Samaha, PhD


Every relationship has moments that define the expectations and feelings of the individuals in that relationship. Business relationships are no different. Specific events act as fundamental building blocks of those business relationships and are essential in shaping the relationship development.

How Does Reinterpretation Influence Our First Impressions?
Thomas C. Mann, PhD Candidate, and Melissa J. Ferguson, PhD

Common wisdom and psychological research alike advise that it is critically important to make a good first impression: the human mind is adept at drawing inferences about others from even the slimmest amount of information about their actions or appearance, and these impressions can impact decision-making.

Understanding Client Attitudes
JaeHwan Kwon, PhD, and Dhananjay Nayakankuppam, PhD

People develop attitudes and opinions toward many different things, but we know that not all attitudes guide our behaviors.

Can A Book be Judged Accurately Only by its Cover?
Zachary R. Hall, PhD, Michael Ahearne, PhD, and Harish Sujan, PhD

Sales professionals make judgments of their customers' preferences and tastes throughout the selling process – at times without being conscious they are doing so. These judgments enable effective selling.

Insider: The Science of Why
Andrew Miner
It is said that people hate to spend money, but that they love to buy. But why? Why do we buy what we buy?

The Salesperson's Toolkit for Selling Success
Charles Fifield, MBA

A salesperson’s or agent’s toolkit is a set of tools designed to be used together for the purpose of earning a win-win value-adding purchase decision. During an interactive professional sales exchange, several tools are needed to shape and achieve this desired outcome.

You Don't Always Get What You Want, and You Don't Always Want What You Get
Ryan R. Mullins, PhD, Daniel G. Bachrach, PhD, Adam A. Rapp, PhD, Dhruv Grewal, PhD, and Lauren Skinner Beitelspacher, PhD

The old adage tells us that the customer is always right, but does the customer always feel in control?

Can Acetaminophen Reduce the Pain of Decision-Making?
C. Nathan DeWall, PhD, David S. Chester, PhD Candidate, and Dylan S. White, BA

Decision-making and loss as a result of decision-making may afflict every individual, industry, and profession. However, decision-making and loss are not the most pleasurable experiences. In fact, decisions are often described as painful...

Insider: Thinking, Fast and Slow in Real Estate Sales
Mark McMullen, JD/MBA Candidate

Our decision-making processes utilize two systems in our minds that function very differently, yet work together to help us analyze situations and draw conclusions. Dr. Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow explores the interaction between the automatic system and the conscious system...


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