Key account management in financial services: an outline research agenda

Hughes, T., Foss, B., Stone, M. and Cheverton, P. (2004) Key account management in financial services: an outline research agenda. Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 9 (2). pp. 184-193. ISSN 1363-0539

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Abstract

The forces of deregulation and technological development have created a highly competitive environment in financial services. Despite the quest for business-to-business service efficiency, most financial services companies know that they must not lose sight of the importance of relationship quality. As a result, there is growing interest in key account management (KAM) in these companies. Research on KAM in general is limited and little has been undertaken in financial services. There are several reasons why KAM practice in financial services may be distinctive: the regulatory environment; the sector's size and diversity; the high degree of intermediation; product diversity and complexity;uncertainty of product performance; the problem of measuring profitability; the challenges of interactive marketing using both traditional face-to-face and complementary direct marketing techniques; and the role of technology in delivery. A research agenda for KAM in financial services is proposed. It is argued that more knowledge in this area would be of benefit to customer relationship management (CRM) research and to practising managers implementing KAM.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:financial services industry, service industries, banks & banking, customer services, customer relations, customer relationship management, financial services, key account management
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:13480
Deposited By: A. Clarke
Deposited On:28 Oct 2010 08:50
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:04

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