[Beowulf] purse strings
lindahl at pbm.com
Wed Jul 25 13:49:08 PDT 2007
On Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 05:16:03PM +0200, Geoff Galitz wrote:
> I'm not so sure the process really differs between academia and the
> commerial sector. I work in both regularly and in my experience they are
> quite similar.
I've done both and they're wildly different, because all my academic
buys were required to be from the lowest bidder. This was at a US
state school, with NSF money.
Likewise the US government generally requires bidding, & the lowest
bidder (or highest performance for a fixed $$) is generally the
winner, although "best value" evaluation is often formally involved.
It's rare for a US company to require buying from the lowest bidder.
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