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Pabian A., Pabian B.

Abstract: Sustainable enterprise management is a young, only just developing field of knowledge, being a branch of sustainable science.  It emerged to meet the global need to protect the Earth, on which enterprises are located and operate. Sustainable management is a response to the deteriorating health of our planet. Growing ecological and social problems have led to a high degree of unsustainability of economies and environments in which most enterprises operate despite sustainable development efforts made for many years. It is a threat to the existence of future generations. Sustainable management makes it possible to reverse the detrimental tendencies because it aims not only to achieve economic but also ecological and social goals. In order for sustainable management to be used in enterprises, planning, organizing, leading and controlling have to be adjusted to its needs. These functions are the essence of managerial work and they determine the results of the enterprise activity. In the field of sustainable management they adopt the form of sustainable planning, sustainable organizing, sustainable leading and sustainable controlling. Sustainable management used in millions of enterprises all over the world would undoubtedly contribute to the balance of intergenerational needs, being the evidence of wisdom and responsibility of present day managers.

Key words:
functions of sustainable management, sustainable development, sustainable management.

Enterprise management should keep pace with changes taking place in the world. One of the most important changes of the global extent is the deteriorating health of our planet, which is the consequence of the accelerated pace of the civilization development. The development of mankind is accompanied by growing economic and social problems and in consequence a high degree of unsustainability confirmed with the indicators presented in the Living Planet Report 2012 (WWF International, 2012). This pitiful condition is manly the fault of enterprises. Most of them are managed in the traditional way, which leads to maximization of production, sales and profits. Managers in charge of such enterprises have no knowledge of sustainable management or they underestimate its significance. In these circumstances it is worth referring to the wisdom of American Indians, who have the saying: "We don
t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” (Emery, 2012). Concern for future generations and their development changes the priorities in enterprise management. Ecological and social goals become as important as economic goals. Traditional enterprise management is transformed into sustainable management, a young and developing field of knowledge, being a part of sustainable science. Traditional management is based on fulfillment of four basic functions: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Sustainable management modifies these functions, giving them the form of: sustainable planning, sustainable organizing, sustainable leading and sustainable controlling. They are the essence of managerial work on all levels of enterprise management. This paper contains an outline of the writers own conceptions of these functions with model solutions for a sustainable enterprise.This document is a template. We ask authors to follow some simple guidelines. In essence, we ask you to make your paper look exactly like this document. The easiest way to do this is simply to download the template, and replace(copy-paste) the content with your own material.

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Implementation of sustainable management in the enterprise operations practices is very difficult. This conception requires a lot of sacrifices, including giving up the growth of production, consumption, sales and profits. Such sacrifices do not lie in the nature of enterprises as organizations or in the nature of managers who run these enterprises. Motivation to use sustainable management is additionally weakened by the fact that man does not notice or understand many detrimental phenomena occurring on our planet and cannot control them. Moreover, enterprises operate in the countries which have different attitudes to sustainable development, which is the consequence of their economic, political and cultural differences (Pabian and Pabian, 2013). A considerable barrier to the use of sustainable management are also high costs of implementation of pro-ecological and pro-social solutions in enterprises. Will therefore sustainable management and its functions of sustainable planning, organizing, leading and controlling ever be universally used in enterprises on a global scale? It is very unlikely. Why then do we study sustainable management and develop its ideas? Firstly, because there are no good alternatives of management in the situation of growing ecological and social problems of the modern world. Secondly, in order to search for more and more effective way of implementation of this concept in economic practices. Thirdly, because even a small progress in implementation of sustainable management helps to a certain degree to improve the state of health of our planet and thanks to that, it may have a positive effect on survival and development of future generations.
More and more managers understand problems of the contemporary world and take their enterprises down the road of sustainable development. It is important that the principles of sustainable management run through all spheres of the enterprise operations and the managers who apply them show genuine concern for the state of health of the planet on which they live and are so much dependent on.


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Zrównoważone zarządzanie przedsiębiorstwem - podejście funkcjonalne

Streszczenie: Zrównoważone zarządzanie przedsiębiorstwem jest młodą, dopiero rozwijającą się dziedziną wiedzy, jest gałęzią zrównoważonej nauki. Idea ta powstała aby sprostać globalnej potrzebie ochrony Ziemi, na której przedsiębiorstwa są zlokalizowane i działają. Zrównoważone zarządzanie jest odpowiedzią na pogarszający się stan zdrowia naszej planety. Rosnące problemy ekologiczne i społeczne doprowadziły do wysokiego stopnia niestabilności gospodarek i środowisk, w których większość przedsiębiorstw działa pomimo wysiłków zrównoważonego rozwoju podejmowanych przez wiele lat. Jest to zagrożeniem dla egzystencji przyszłych pokoleń. Zrównoważone zarządzanie umożliwia odwrócenie niekorzystnych tendencji, ponieważ ma na celu nie tylko osiągnięcie celów gospodarczych, ale również ekologicznych i społecznych. Aby zrównoważone zarządzanie było stosowane w przedsiębiorstwach, planowanie, organizowanie, prowadzenie i kontrola muszą być dostosowane do jego potrzeb. Funkcje te stanowią istotę pracy kierowniczej i określają wyniki działalności przedsiębiorstwa. W dziedzinie zrównoważonego zarządzania przyjmują one formę zrównoważonego planowania, zrównoważonego organizowania, zrównoważonego kierowania i zrównoważonego kontrolowania. Zrównoważone zarządzanie wykorzystywane w milionach przedsiębiorstw na całym świecie bez wątpienia przyczyniłoby się do zrównoważenia potrzeb międzypokoleniowych, będąc dowodem mądrości i odpowiedzialności dzisiejszych menedżerów.

Słowa kluczowe:
funkcje zrównoważonego zarządzania, zrównoważony rozwój, zrównoważone zarządzanie.

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