The aim of this teaching case is to motivate students to consider the importance of commitments, especially ones made during the recruitment process. The case focuses on a student who has reneged on a previously accepted employment offer from an accounting firm. Most suitable for use in accounting and auditing courses at the undergraduate level, this case would be particularly useful if presented prior to the recruiting season.
In analyzing the case, students are expected to first address the importance of commitments and then to narrow the focus to commitments in employment settings. Students must consider the implications of breaking employment commitments to other individuals involved, the firm, and the university. This case can help students achieve a better understanding of the important relationship between accounting firms and universities as well as a better appreciation for the human resource function in accounting firms.