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Collisions and CollaborationThe Organization of Learning in the ATLAS Experiment at the LHC$
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Max Boisot, Markus Nordberg, Saïd Yami, and Bertrand Nicquevert

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567928.001.0001

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Buying under Conditions of Uncertainty: A Proactive Approach

Buying under Conditions of Uncertainty: A Proactive Approach

(p.116) 6 Buying under Conditions of Uncertainty: A Proactive Approach
Collisions and Collaboration

Olli Vuola

Max Boisot

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the constraints affecting the ATLAS Collaboration's procurement processes. The construction of ATLAS is an industrial-scale undertaking, and the collaboration therefore has to turn to industry for help. In so far as it avails itself of CERN's procurement services to help manage its interactions with external players, it is constrained to follow its procedures, which, unsurprisingly, given that the laboratory is a public entity, are fairly detailed and bureaucratic. The competitive processes presupposed by CERN's procurement procedures, however, do not always square with the more open and cooperative relationships that the ATLAS Collaboration seeks to establish with its suppliers in order to confront the technical uncertainties that it encounters. Through three mini case studies, the chapter explores the issue and puts forward a way of addressing it.

Keywords:   ATLAS Collaboration, procurement process, CERN, scientific instruments

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