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Students recognized for academic achievements

May 03, 2012

BY Deon Broyles

For the first time ever, a Cleveland State University student has won an award and was published by the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute (MWDSI).

Competing against graduate and Ph.D. students, Olga Nagdaseva, a senior and undergraduate business student, won a prestigious award for her academic paper entitled Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Reporting: Creating Value for Shareholders and Society.

Nagdaseva received a second place award in a student paper competition at the Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was the only undergraduate student competing in the MWDSI student paper challenge.

According to the Monte Ahuja College’s Web site, Nagdaseva’s “academic paper included research about corporate social responsibility practices, sustainability reporting, and a comparative study examining the corresponding share value reflected in the 30 corporations comprising the Dow Jones Industrial Average index.”

“There is a lot of discussion in the media and the academic world about sustainability, but nobody really has done research about how that creates value for share holders, so I took the Dow Jones Industrial Average index, and I interviewed people,” Negdaseva said.

“I talked to VPs, directors of public relations and investor relations, and sustainability mangers. I didn’t want to use second hand resources to find that information.”

Nagdaseva said that she plans to revise her paper about sustainability and publish it in an academic journal.

Nagdaseva, an honor student and member of Beta Gamma Sigma (the AACSB International Business Honor Society), is pursuing a degree in Management and Public Relations. She will be graduating May 2012 and plans on returning to CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business this Fall to pursue a MBA.

On top of her academic success, Nagdaseva serves as an officer of two CSU student organizations, as secretary of the Society for Human Resource Management and as the president of Net Impact.