USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Lisa E. Tarras

First Advisor

Gerald H. Lander, Ph.D., CPA, CFE, CCEA

Second Advisor

William C. Quilliam, Ph.D., CPA, CIA


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

Document Type


Date Available

April 2012

Publication Date


Date Issued

November 2003


The public has long viewed corporate America as ruthless pillagers in the name of profits. Today corporations are blamed for everything from eliminating mom and pop stores and the family farm to draining the environment in the process. Yet somehow no one, congressmen or minimum wage workers alike, were concerned enough to address this brewing epidemic. In the bull market of the 1990's, no one cared what corporations had to do to create profits, as long as those profits, and subsequent dividends and stock options financed their retirement funds. However, the corporate environment is much different today.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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