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Sustainable Management

The major part of economy as well as many representatives of academic business studies mean the attempt to deal more efficiently with raw materials and energy sources when they speak about sustainable management. The problem is: even the most efficiently used resource will be depleted some day.
The essence of the concept of sustainability is,  however, the wise action which does not use up the own prerequisites for success. In economic terms this means economic activities that do not consume more resources than can be reproduced. Sustainability is achieved when the substance is maintained in the long run.

Accordingly, a modern economy has to be bilingual: On the one hand, each economic actor, whether individuals, firms, social institutions or nations, have to use their tangible and intangible resources very efficiently. On the other hand, these actors have to preserve the resources or the substance they live on. This tension between efficiency and sustainability is not easy to cope with.

Modern business studies are in need of new terms and concepts to solve the new problems. Modern decision-makers therefore also need new competences to solve these problems. The new concepts and terms that have been developed at the Chair of Sustainable Management understand sustainability as a task to show respect for the tangible and intangible sources of economy. Decision-makers who want to combine this respect with the traditional entrepreneurial decision-making routines need new skills for a sustainable leadership:

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Competence to cope with contradictions
Competence to deal with trade-offs
Competence for now-for-then decisions
Competence to decelerate processes
Competence to use resources economically
Competence for moral decisions



The translation of these competences into a concept of sustainable leadership which is rich in content and applicable in practice is the fundamental research objective of the chair for the years 2011 to 2015. The research objective for the years 2001 to 2011 was the development of a resource-oriented concept of sustainable management. The results are presented in: Müller-Christ, G. (2011): Sustainable Management. Coping with the Dilemmas of Resource-Oriented Management. Berlin/Heidelberg. Springer.

Müller-Christ, G. (2014): Nachhaltiges Management. Einführung in Ressourcenorientierung und widersprüchliche Managementrationalitäten. 2., überarb. und erw. Aufl. Baden-Baden. UTB-SHOP