Industry Advisors and Business Plan Judges

OA’s commitment to O&S entrepreneurship is further supported by noted educators whose individual expertise and the programs of their universities enable them to provide extraordinary thought leadership to early-stage O&S companies.

Dr. Mary C. Lacity
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Dr. Mary C. Lacity, Professor of Information Systems and International Business Fellow, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Lacity is one of the world’s leading researchers and authors on the business of outsourcing. She has advanced the state-of-the-art in outsourcing models and the best practices in the use of outsourcing through her investigation and analysis applied to a broad-range of business applications, including: Information Systems; Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Shared Service Organizations, Offshoring and Rural Outsourcing. Dr. Lacity is the co-author, primarily with Dr. Leslie Willcocks of the London School of Economics and Political Science, of 12 books, including a number of the most respected works on outsourcing. Her journal publications have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, MIS Quarterly, IEEE Computer, Communications of the ACM and many other academic and practitioner outlets. Dr. Lacity’s work has been cited more than 5000 times. She is U.S. Editor of the Journal of Information Technology, and Co-editor of the Palgrave Series: Work, Technology, and Globalization and on the Editorial Boards for MIS Quarterly Executive, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Strategic Outsourcing.

Dr. Vijay Gurbaxani
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Dr. Vijay Gurbaxani is the Taco Bell Endowed Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. His research, teaching and consulting interests are at the nexus of business strategy and information technology (IT). He focuses on analyzing how emerging information technologies enable business model innovation; on developing and evaluating business-driven strategies for the sourcing of information services; and on valuing IT investment. His approach is distinctive in its use of economic principles as the lens with which to analyze strategic management questions. Dr. Gurbaxani also serves as the Director of the Center for Research on IT and Organizations (CRITO), a National Science Foundation sponsored think tank that partners with innovative organizations to conduct and disseminate research that is both academically rigorous and relevant to business. 

Dr. Gurbaxani has extensive experience in management education and advisory services, having lectured worldwide on management issues, taught extensively in degree and executive education programs, and consulted for and provided research expertise to many organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, technology service providers, and leading consulting firms. While serving as Associate Dean of the MBA program, Dr. Gurbaxani initiated and then led the development of the school’s new strategic focus on the transformative role of information technology in business, an approach which led to widespread external recognition of the business school as a center of excellence in IT in business.

Paul L. Melchiorre
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Paul L. Melchiorre brings to the Outsourcing Angels deep expertise in eCommerce and procurement related services, including Business Process Outsourcing, and in sales management.  He was a member of the founding team of Ariba Inc., joining the company in March 1998 as the first outside executive.  Melchiorre played a major role in Ariba becoming one of the most successful software startups in history, reaching $40 billion in market capitalization.  He built Ariba’s initial field organization for sales, implementation, service, alliances and channels. Under his leadership, the company established itself as the leader in business-to-business commerce during the late 1990s.  Melchiorre has remained active with Ariba and presently serves as an advisor to the company’s CEO and Management Committee.

Prior to Ariba, Melchiorre joined SAP as employee 200 in the USA, where as an individual sales rep, he sold $65 million of license fees in 1994 and helped establish the first global deployments of R3 in America. In 1995, Melchiorre was promoted to Vice President, East Region and was responsible for over 10 percent of SAP Group worldwide revenue. In 1996, he was promoted to EVP, Global Accounts, a role in which he was responsible for over 85 percent of revenue in America and oversaw a field organization of more than 1,000 people. During this period, SAP transitioned globally from a regional to vertical field organization. Melchiorre represented the Americas during this board-level transition.  

Melchiorre also serves on a number of advisory boards of non-profits and emerging technology firms.