holon

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holon

(ˈhəʊlən)
n
(Commerce) an autonomous self-reliant unit, esp in manufacturing
[C20: from holo- + -on]
hoˈlonic adj
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More complex holons emerge by transcending and including their constituent parts, or "sub-holons," creating a "holarchy," or natural hierarchy (Wilber, Brief History 23-43).
We modelled a work organization as a system of holons that are characterized by agency and communion and have both interior and exterior aspects.
The holons are characterized by autonomy and cooperation, and collaborate in order to accomplish the global objectives of the system.
Beside this line holon that has a role in administrating resources and supervising the manufacturing process, the enterprise also needed 8 additional holons, in order to function within normal parameters:
According to Koestler, a holon is a self-similar structure that may consist of several holons as sub-structures [17].
The developmental unfolding of consciousness is "holarchic," comprising a hierarchy of holons (Wilber, 2000a, 2000b).
I am reminded that Arthur Koestler's chapter on holons in The Ghost in the Machine (1967) presents a model of hierarchic order where wholes greater than the sums of their parts include social holons: "Organisms and societies are multileveled hierarchies of semi-autonomous sub-wholes branching into sub-wholes of a lower order.
When functioning within the network, the combination of skills and capacities allows the production of finished goods that individual holons could not individually manufacture.
Every complex body, whether linguistic, biological, or social, is composed of many holons which form a system called a holarchy.
Holons possess a number of characteristics which are described in both books.
Holonic biological organisms are organized in a multilayer structure where each level consists of subsystems, holons or nodes.
Information technology is the key to the holonic network since like an organic creature information must reach a wide range of holons and individuals or entities within the holon.