Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

W. Mark Wilder

Relational Format



This thesis is a collection of eleven accounting case studies completed during the ACCY 420 course, taught by Dr. Victoria Dickinson within the 2021-2022 academic year. These cases cover a wide variety of topics within the scope of accounting, including the ramifications of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, on businesses and the effects COVID-19 had on Pfizer Inc. Other studies completed ranged from examining a city for potential future residence, an interview with a local business owner, and an excel verification course. Case 6 through Case 11 focuses on the analysis of ExxonMobil and its financials, conducted by five students who are accounting majors and members of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, including myself. Topics included in this study are an overview and business structure of ExxonMobil, audit risks the company could face, the company’s tax status and tax strategy recommendations, advisory related to the company’s operations during the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and advisory related to issues such as climate change and cyber- security threats. Once completing our analysis, we had the opportunity to give a presentation to a large selection of accounting professionals from multiple firms.

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