Hi. What does "bid on" mean here in this sentence: "he pushed to make the company’s centralized sales and marketing staffs bid on the right to provide their services to the various product divisions."("Steve Jobs")
Have you looked up "to bid on" in the dictionary? This seems pretty logical to me:
He pushed = His plan was that...
to make the company's centralized sales and marketing staffs bid on the right to provide their services to... = the various centralized staffs/departments (which did sales and marketing) would have to compete with each other by bidding on the projects they wanted to work on, thus gaining the "right" to provide their services to the product divisions.