The Institute for Crisis Management recently released its annual Crisis Report, which detailed the state of business crises during 2007. Defined as "any problem or disruption
that triggers negative stakeholder reactions that could impact the organization's financial strength and ability to do what it does," these business crises represent a significant
portion of communicators' responsibilities within their own organizations; the findings themselves shed light on the origins of last year's biggest business crises (see chart
below, left), as well as the organizations that were most affected.