The Holographic Organization

An Introduction to A Values Based Relational System for the Future (VBRS)
  • Brian P. Hall


This paper is the conclusion of approximately 20 years of research and practical application of a values based relational systems approach to organizational development named the ‘Holographic Organization’. An organization is holographic to the degree to which it is operating on a healthy and congruent set of values that all employees hold minimally in common. The consequence is that it will run more efficiently, with internal congruence and improved customer alignment. Hall and research associate Benjamin Tonna of the University Malta developed the initial conceptual framework for human values development between 1974–82 (1).


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Notes and References

Early Development

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The following reference some of the current thinking relative to values: popular version

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His best known works are

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The following works reference recent values research in the modern period

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian P. Hall
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  1. 1.Values TechnologySanta CruzUSA

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