Factors influencing countries on their path to sustainable development: implications for organizations

  • Received April 18, 2017;
    Accepted May 16, 2017;
    Published September 26, 2017
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    Volume 15 2017, Issue #2 (cont. 3), pp. 474-485
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Nowadays sustainable development is a central concept for our age. It is both a way ofunderstanding the world and a method for solving global problems. It is currently a crucial concept for the world to understand and to implement. This research study focuses on examining the foundations of achieving sustainable development and main factors influencing this process at a national level. The aim is to characterize those factors which influence this implementation process mainly from the economic point of view. However, other noneconomic factors related to human well-being and organizational development are not omitted. Countries’ political and legislative environment are also evaluated since they can have significant implications for development of individual organizations conducting their business activities within countries' borders. The focus of examining the topic of countries’ sustainable development is on the cross-country comparison. Values of some important indicators are also provided in terms of comparison among selected countries which enables us to explain the reasons for differences in countries’ development, as well as predictions for the future. Historical perspective provides data which enable to evaluate influence of selected factors in terms of countries’ path to achieving sustainable development.

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    • Figure 1. Methodological approach
    • Figure 2. Overall SDI indexes
    • Table 1. Indicators
    • Table 2. SDI partial indicators results