Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Relational Format



The following thesis is a culmination of twelve case studies completed throughout the academic year of 2018-2019 under the direction of Dr. Victoria Dickinson, as a requirement of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and completion of the ACCY 420 course. Each case study is independent of the next, and is an in-depth response to questions and theories that are found outside of this document. Each analysis is accomplished by myself alone and through the studies of Financial, Managerial, and Cost accounting courses in my career at the University of Mississippi. The thesis is intended to analyze accounting procedures and the current general accounting environment and topics. Accountants’ play a crucial role in the global economy, establishing trust and assurance through analytical and conceptual research and procedures. This thesis below illuminates several accounting problems, procedures, and questions posed by entities such as WorldCom, Starbucks, BP, and others.

Besides the technical cases, other such as Case Study 1 and Case Study 5 are personal accounts of the accounting space and its impact on daily life and the economy. Rapid change in technology, corporations, and industries equate to an equally drastic adaption of public accountants. Computer software importance is quickly increasing and becoming more necessary as a basic skill for accountants.

Overall, this thesis is intended to educate the reader on the ever-changing accounting world and how accountants are solving problems as quickly as the appear. This thesis, completed during coursework for ACCY 420, created multiple skills necessary for an accountant in either Audit, Tax, or Management Consulting. Research, critical thinking, public speaking, and professional writing/communication are just a few skills that were improved and acquired through the creation of this thesis.



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