No prior experience required.
Sales Operations/Management Specialization
Prepare Yourself for a Sales Management Career. Master knowledge and techniques to manage an effective sales force.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
The specialization project involves selecting a business that has a sales function/operation. The learners are to identify the manager responsible for the sales function (typically called a Sales Manager) and interview this person on the sales management practices at this firm. The purpose of the interview is to understand how one firm organizes and manages their sales function along the following parameters:
· Sales management
· Sales Organization
· Recruitment & Induction Process
· Territory allocation Process & Strategy
· Reporting structure and systems
· Compensation structure
· System of Evaluation
· Training & Development
· Students will apply the concepts learned in the specialization to guide and structure the interview as well as comparing and contrasting one firm’s practice with the “ideal” world as presented in the course.
No prior experience required.
West Virginia University
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Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This specialization contains one course of five weeks, three courses of four weeks, and a final capstone project for a total of 18-19 weeks.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This specialization assumes some familiarity with retail settings, but no specific knowledge is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is strongly recommended that students complete all five courses in sequential order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No university credit is available for this specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completing this Specialization, you will be able to:
· Develop a plan for organizing, staffing and training a sales force.
· Identify the key factors in establishing and maintaining high morale in the sales force.
· Develop an effective sales compensation plan.
· Evaluate the performance of a sales person.
· Organize sales territories to maximize selling effectiveness.
· Evaluate sales and sales management strategies in relation to current legal and ethical standards of practice.
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