About this Specialization
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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Account Management & Sales Force Design

The first course in the Sales Operations/Management Specialization, Account Management & Salesforce Design aims to introduce learners to a variety of sales methods. Students will gain knowledge on steps in strategic planning and sales management, responsibilities of a sales manager, kinds of sales operations, a recap of the personal selling process, and the concept of a buying center....
Course2

Sales Force Management

The second course in the Sales Operations/Management Specialization, Sales Force Management covers various aspects of hiring and personnel administration. Students will learn about job design and recruitment processes, tools of recruitment, the role of training in sales force development, and motivating salespeople to perform the tasks critical to an organization's success....
Course3

Compensation, Expenses and Quotas

This course is the third part of the Sales Operations/Management Specialization. In it, we will discuss some of the financial aspects involved in managing a sales force. Students will learn about the options available for sales force compensation, the different types plans you can use to manage your sales expenses, and how you can use quotas to help your salespeople achieve goals....
Course4

Forecasting, Budgeting, Territories, Evaluation and Legal/Ethical Issues

In the fourth part of the Sales Operations/Management Specialization, students will explore the purpose and methods for forecasting and budgeting in a management role. Next, we will learn how to develop territories and evaluate sales performance. Finally, we will explore the legal and ethical issues facing sales managers....

Instructors

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Michael F. Walsh, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Associate Professor of Marketing
College of Business and Economics
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Suzanne C. Bal

Teaching Assistant Professor, Marketing
College of Business and Economics
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Emily C. Tanner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Marketing
College of Business and Economics

About West Virginia University

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • 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.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • 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.

  • This specialization assumes some familiarity with retail settings, but no specific knowledge is required.

  • It is strongly recommended that students complete all five courses in sequential order.

  • 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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