James (Jim) Hemsath was honored with the 2017 Weatherhead Doctor of Management Scholar Practitioner Award. Hemsath is the director responsible for the Project Development and Asset Management division of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a statuary corporation of the State of Alaska. This group finances, owns, manages, and operates industrial facilities in Alaska, as well as being responsible for project development and strategic planning. Examples of these facilities include the Delong Mountain Transportation System (haul road and port complex and the only Arctic Port in the United States) the Ketchikan Shipyard, and the Skagway Ore terminal.
A Doctor of Management Candidate at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Jim's problem of practice is focused on understanding multiparty collaboration that crosses borders and spans cultures. It is his hope that this research might lead to a new way for regions to work together across borders and across cultures to develop collaborative solutions towards not just sustainable development of Arctic infrastructure and economic development but to create a path where flourishing development can take place.
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