Requisite holism, isolating mechanisms and entrepreneurship

Miroslav Rebernik (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia)
Matjaz Mulej (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Holism is a familiar concept, but it lacks a coherent definition in either theory or practice. This impedes common understanding and realistic observation and action. At the heart of the problem is the inevitability of human specialisation, which tends to be accompanied by a lack of cooperation, especially of an interdisciplinary nature. False holism may result in unpleasant surprises due to oversights. People who are able to avoid them tend to employ, even though tacitly, the law of requisite holism. This article seeks to explain this phenomenon by associating it with the practice of entrepreneurial management.



Rebernik, M. and Mulej, M. (2000), "Requisite holism, isolating mechanisms and entrepreneurship", Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 9/10, pp. 1126-1140.

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