Crisis Management

A selection of business English discussion questions.


  1. What kind of crisis situations can a company face?
  2. What sort of person is good in a crisis?
  3. Do you think you have the qualities needed to deal with a crisis?
  4. Has your company ever experienced a crisis?
  5. What steps can a business take when in financial trouble?
  6. What can a business do when its sales are very low?
  7. Why do big companies sometimes fail?
  8. Have there been any big businesses in your country which have failed recently?
  9. Do you ever worry that your company will fail one day?
  10. If the senior managers in your company suddenly resigned, would there be a crisis?
  11. Do you predict your country will experience an economic crisis in the near future?
  12. Should the government rescue banks which fail? Why or why not?
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