Relational key account management: insights from the Middle Eastern context

Badawi, Nada Saleh, Battor, Moustafa ORCID logoORCID: and Badghish, Saeed (2022) Relational key account management: insights from the Middle Eastern context. Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, 37 (2) . pp. 353-365. ISSN 0885-8624 [Article] (doi:10.1108/jbim-06-2019-0301)


Purpose – The purpose of this study is to explore relational aspects of key account management (KAM) in terms of social capital and relationship quality. The second objective was to identify the main dimensions that shape social capital and relationship quality within the KAM context. Finally, the third objective was to explore how relational KAM is practiced in the Middle Eastern context.

Design/methodology/approach – This study used a qualitative methodology and a multiple case design. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with a sample of senior executives from large Saudi firms.

Findings – The results highlight the importance of relationship quality and social capital to KAM implementation. A multiple case study was used to build a relational framework for KAM in the Middle Eastern context.

Practical implications – Three strategies were identified for use within the context of KAM in the Saudi market. The first strategy consisted of a means of attracting potential customers. The second strategy involved communication, aimed at maintaining frequent contact with key accounts. Finally, the third strategy was concentrated in maintenance to help sustain the relationship with key accounts.

Originality/value – This study extends understanding and the application of KAM to the Middle Eastern context, contributing to social capital, relationship quality and the KAM literature.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Middle east, KAM, Key account management, Relational management, Saudi Arabia
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 34486
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Depositing User: Moustafa Battor
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 09:40
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 15:50

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