Purpose: The aim of the study is to present selected elements of management, vital for the future development (change trends) of enterprises, with respect to the global environment, process management and ecology. Design/methodology/approach: Statistical data analysed, surveys and research literature. Findings: There are some change trends in the management of enterprises of the future, modern technologies and good management of innovations that will be of importance here, as well as the growing significance of ecology and sustainable development, together with waste recycling and searching for alternative and new energy sources. Process management, in contrast, may be on a similar level of assessment in the future as it is at present. Research limitations/implications: Survey small research, unrepresentative of the SME sector in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Pilot case studies. Practical implications: For the good development of enterprises of the future, innovations in a new perspective are of great significance. The development of networks of all kinds will also have a large impact on management in the global future with the use of digital platforms, but already global according to the fourth industrial revolution. Nevertheless, when selecting technologies, forms, concepts, methods and management techniques, all their advantages and disadvantages must be considered. Social implications: Although the ecological approach is not the most crucial for the management and employees of companies, it is nonetheless growing according to evaluations. Ecology and innovation in governance must be taken into account for the benefit of societies. Originality/value: Own small survey research, pilot studies and own analysed references. On the basis of the analysed economic and social statistics, own observation and research, there are selected aspects of the development enterprise, modern methods of management and in the global environment, having regard to the ecology and risk. Herein are conclusions on the development of changes in organisations and the development of the management process.