Does Your Company Have Enough Sales Managers?

Posted by Andy Zoltners, Prabha Sinha and Sally Lorimer on Wed, Aug 20, 2014

A healthcare industry sales executive recently told us that as part of a continued effort to cut costs, her company had reduced the number of first-line sales managers from 66 down to 30 over a period of several years. This meant that management span of control had more than doubled from an average of 5-6 salespeople per manager up to 12-15 per manager. Certainly, the move saved costs, but was it a good idea?

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