Jim Coleman, Jr. was appointed the manager of Maris Properties, a
recently formed company that manages residential rental properties.
Linda Grider is the accountant. She prepared a chart of accounts based
on an analysis of the expenditures of the company. Two of the largest
expense categories are Travel and Entertainment. Mr. Coleman believes
that it is important to maintain a presence in the social life of the
city. In this, he sharply differs from his father, Jim Coleman, Sr. The
elder Mr. Coleman has set up Maris Properties in order to test his son’s
management skills before allowing him to manage the more lucrative
commercial property business. Mr. Coleman, Sr. provided the capital for
Maris, and maintains close contact with the company. He allowed his son,
however, to hire his own employees. Mr. Coleman has asked Ms. Grider to
change the names of the Travel and Entertainment Expense accounts to
Property Development. He hopes to deflect his father’s attention away
from the amount he has spent on travel and entertainment until he has
proven that his methods work. When Ms. Grider resisted, he reminded her
that he, not his father, hired her. He also reminded her that she had
been enthusiastic about his business plans when she was hired. To
receive full credit, answer both:
1. Identify the stakeholders in this situation.
2. Should Ms. Grider agree to the change in the Travel Expense and
Entertainment Expense accounts to Property Development? Explain.