This study explores the notion that those who commit accounting fraud will display common personality traits. Accounting fraud is a massive issue, not only when it comes to the loss in trust in the accounting industry, but to families and communities that become collateral damage. The study defines accounting fraud, and then delves in the personality traits, narcissism, over confidence, and low self-control. Those personality traits are then linked to actions and statements from top level executives and other employees at Enron, WorldCom, and Sunbeam Corporation.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2019


Mary Beth Healy

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems