Abbott Inc. is expanding and needs to hire more personnel in the accounting office. Barbara
Barker, the chief accounting clerk, knew that her cousin Cheryl was looking for a job. Barbara and
Cheryl are also roommates. Barbara offered Cheryl a job as her assistant. Barbara will be responsible
for Cheryl’s performance reviews and training.
1. List some problems with the proposed personnel situations in the accounting department.
2. Explain why accountants are concerned with the hiring of personnel. What suggestions would
you make to improve internal control at Abbott?
3. How would you explain to Barbara and Cheryl that they personally are not the problem?