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  • The human body is a holistic system

Holism and Holistic Bank

PRB: a new way of thinking and the new way of imagining the Bank

Holism (from the Greek όλος, meaning "all") is a philosophical stance based on the idea that the properties of a system cannot be explained exclusively by its components.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Jan Smuts (politician, philosopher and intellectual, author of Holism and Evolution) defined holism as the "tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution".

Jan Christiaan Smuts (Bovenplaats, 24 May 1870 – Pretoria, 11 September 1950) was a philosopher, soldier and politician, twice South African Prime Minister.

The overall result of a holistic system, in which all parts collaborate with each other, is much greater than the sum of results of each part taken independently.


By definition, any system in which all the elements are linked together in perfect harmony and the result produced is greater than the sum of the performance of the individual factors may be called "holistic".

A biological organism is a typical example of a holistic system since each part collaborates with all the others to keep the organism alive. When the balance ceases, the organism dies.

A holistic process management system harmoniously connects departments, organizational functions, users, powers, stages, practices, documents, messages, rules, tasks, times and costs and produces a competitive benefit.

If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said 'faster horses'. - Henry Ford