System Theory will never be the same again - Mgt 655 Systems - complexity course



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Mgt 655 is a sustainability-focused course at NMSU. This means our focus is on the sustainability of systemicity, as well as antisystem, and antesystem processes in terms of environment sciences, equity, and socioeconomics.

What is systemicity? Systemicity is defined as the dynamic plurality of unfinished, partial, fragmented, overlapping systems that do not achieve 'wholeness' rather than one monist, monological, whole-system, be it closed, mechanistic, open, organic, living, or general (Boje, 2008a: 2, 29, 54, 191, 264). As soon as we unpack the fiction of system, to its actant systemicity plurality, we enter the realm of hermeneutics and critical ontology. Systemicity is enacted in plurality of social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological contexts.

The course does not presume specialized background in Organization Systems & Complexity Theory. However, it is an advanced graduate course in the philosophy and qualitative methods of dynamic systemicity study. This is a CORE course for Management Ph.D. majors. It is open to any and all graduate students (Masters or Ph.D. or post-docs) who want advanced training in macro theory, macro research, and the qualitative research methods.

Please use the Study Guides for 655 when preparing your CANVAS answers, and Two Journal-Projects. Thank you!

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Course Number: Mgt 655 Fall 2014

Course Title: Organization Systems & Complexity Theory Seminar

Course Description - Analysis of organizations from a macro sustainability systems perspective. Topics include organizational theory, organizational design, organizational environment, organizational ecosystems, operations, and sociotechnical systems.  

Time & Place: 4-6:30 PM Tuesdays Dominici room221

Office Hours: Mondays - 12:10 - 2 PM Frenger Food Court

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Would like to enroll Masters and Ph.D. students from every possible discipline at this fine University.


Detailed Schedule (check weekly for Topic updates)


JOURNAL Projects Required All Book Chapters Short Assignments

Topic-Content & Participative-Learning process of the Day, Please come to class with partial answer typed out, and after class revise it to enter into CANVAS within 24 hours (Read all columns in schedule and choose several articles/chapters to include & reference in answer). Where time allows we will work in class on your answer together.

Instructions: CANVAS. Each class one student will enact the participative learning process in the class and fine-tune the topic content, by posing two CANVAS Questions, and co-leading the discussion time with me. That student needs to prepare by meeting with the instructor ahead of time, preferably during office hours, the week before the class meets. Each week you will be asked to give Feedback in writing, in Canvas, to one peer's answers to the 2 questions.


Select the THEORY-Journal-Writing-Project; please complete IRB certificate on Human Subjects ASAP in case your 2nd project (analysis) strays into human subject work

Kötke: 1 The Pattern of Crisis

Heidegger: Foreword by Carman

Boje STO1; 2 to get at Boulding's 9 systems hierarchical levels

Boje SoPQ Intro & section on William James pp. 188-191

Boje CTE ch 1

Bookmark for the Dragon Book by Boje

Each class we investigate one Grand Narrative question about Organizational Systems Theory and Complexity (OAS), and one Living Story Web question with answers from your own experience. I will start you off with the first two questions, and after that the students will come up with one on grand narrative and one on a Living Story example from students own life world. Please watch this video, then proceed to answer the questions:

Boje Tribal Wisdom talk

Tribal Wisdom & Storytelling: Drs. David Boje & Gregory Cajete. Feb. 2014

Grand Narratives (GN), and their counter-GNs are struggling and oppositional within each context, and between contexts. Those Contexts are themselves, entangled, interconnected, and interweaving.

Canvas Question 1a: What is one Grand Narrative [(hover over for definition )] of 'whole systems' ? Hint: look for counter-Grand Narratives within a context, and between different sorts of contexts (social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological).

Canvas Question 1b: Give your own living story web (hover over for definition )] context examples of systemicity that are counter to the Grand Narratives you constructed in 1a?

Today’s Session LESSON PLAN

1.1 ~ Class Overview and assign who writes 2 questions for next week, and who does it next, etc.

1.2 ~ What is Systemicity Thinking?

1.3 ~ Exploring the notion of a Agent Based Modeling

1.4 ~ Pragmatism Concepts &Definitions:

1.5 ~ Ontological Concepts & Definitions

1.6 ~ Grand Narrative, Living Story Webs, and Antenarrative Concepts & Definitions: Importance and

1.7 ~ Fractal Concepts & Definitions: Quantum Systemicity in Inter-connected, embedding, and entangled contexts with multiple agents

Hint: See case example of Food Safety Systemicities and Ideologies. Boje Newsletter on SYSTEMICITY See Study guide devoted to Grand Narratives and my suggestion is to begin with EGO-Self articulation of your standpoint in 11 contexts that Grand Narratives of OST and GST decontextualize, in order to achieve their generalizations. After reading about Grand Narratives, ask yourself, what is ideology? Lyotard, Jean-Francois. (1979/1984). The Postmodern Condition. The English version, a pdf is on line and is searchable. Look for ways 'grand narrative' is uses in legitimation of knowledge. See Is Green Capitalism Possible study guide for the many competing ideologies

Sergio Palacios 2014 paper on Sustainability and Supply Chains.

Click here to see study material to get you prepared for your first two answers. For credit, please submit your answers to CANVAS within 24 hours of this class meeting. Please reference materials in syllabus, and others you use.

  1. Slavoj ZiZek - How are we embedded in ideology? - Part 1, in Grand Narratives with ideology systemicities? Part 2, Part 3 (known unknowns), Part 4 (implicit rules & explicit ones of ideology), Part 5 (obscene underside of institutions), Part 6 (ideology of protecting the Big Other), Part 7 (learn, learn, learn joke), Part 8 (ideology of charity is lowest of them all; critique of ideology New Age ecology; i.e. harmonious balance systemicity ideology critique for Zizek its not lost eco balance, we are in one eco catastrophe crisis after another and ideology mystifies it). Discuss1, Discuss2, Discuss3 (critique of liberal & fundamentalist ideologies), Discuss4 (critique of Stalinist ideology).

You are invited to the Teaching Academy and to the Book Signing event for my new book, 27 Aug. Wednesday. Teaching Academy on Teaching with Storytelling is 3:30 - 5PM in Room 50 Milton Hall, and book signing is 5PM in Barnes and Noble, in the 'Living Room' 2nd floor. Get the book with the discount code (on line or at the event) and save 20%

Quantum Systemicity Theory study guide has definitions of two Quantum Principles, introduction to Polyphonic Contexts you can explore in your Canvas Questions on Living Story Web.

From here on out the students will, in rotation, develop a grand narrative and a living story web question for each class. Please meet with instructor ASAP to develop your questions for the class.

Aug 26th

Individual THEORY-Journal-project in-class planning and discussion time


Kötke: 2 The End of Civilization

Heidegger (see see searchable text): Intro I Necessity, Str, and Priority of Being; Intro II Twofold Task in Working Out the Question of Being

Lefebvre 1 The Critique of the Thing

Boje STO3, 7

Boje SoPQ 1 & 2

Boje CTE CH 6

Theory_paper Rehearsal (what is your idea for a topic & write abstract)


  • Canvas Question 2a: Discuss how architectonic strategy stories, critical pedagogy and rhythmanalysis interconnect to improve teaching and learning practices.
  • Canvas Question 2b: Using the same format of writing on your own Living Story Web, how have you shared ontological knowledge with others and explain how that can be a transformative experience?

SEE LESSON PLAN by Cynthia Cortez for 2a 2b

Some Study material for this class: Quantum Systemicity Theory study guide

Look at the antenarratives that interconnect Grand Narratives of OST/GST to Living Story Webs, "Green Capitalism?"

In Latour, there is relation of Systemicities of OSC to Gaia and political culture, and Cyborg & Posthumanism. Is Green Capitalism possible? See more YouTubes on "Green Capitalism?"

In Kant's architectonics in Critique of Pure Reason with Bakhtin (STO) and Heidegger's problem with Kant's (pp. 57-58) time? See Heidegger (1962) searchable text)

18:40 Humans, Cyborgs, Posthumans: Francesca Ferrando at TEDxSiliconAlley Quantum Organization Systemicity; Posthumanist systemicity: Humans, Cyborgs, Posthumans: Francesca Ferrando at TEDTALKS YouTube(19 minutes)

PDF - Haraway, Donna. "The promises of monsters: a regenerative politics for inappropriate/d others." Cultural studies (1992): 295-337.


Latour, Bruno (2012) Waiting for Gaia. Composing the common world through arts and politics

Boje's essay What is posthumanist ontology?

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason (begin with one of the very last sections on architectonic systems (p. 551) - to get sense of his cognitive approach); for Bakhtin see Boje 2008a STO chapter on architectonics

Sep 2nd

Theory Journal Writing Project planning time

Kötke: 3 Soil: The Basics of Life; 4 The Forest

Heidegger: Part One: I Analytic Dasein; II Being-In-The-World; III Worldhood of the World

Deleuze A Thousand Plateaus chap 14

Lefebvre 2 Rhythmanalyst

Boje STO 4

Boje SoPQ 3 & 4

Boje CTE CH 5



Assignments for CANVAS Hint - work on your theory Paper, lit review

HANK Canvas Question 3a: What is the grand narrative of how a typical organization (business, not for profit, etc.) makes decisions?  Explain utilizing the language in your readings (e.g., Deleuze and Guattari’s striatic vs. smooth dialectic, Boje’s and Bakhtin’s polyphony, Boje’s pragmatic storytelling,  and Mintzberg’s mechanistic system thinking). You do not need to include all readings. CANVAS question 3b: LIVING STORY WEB: Illustrate your answer to question 3a with real life experiences. You may incorporate this portion into your answer to question 3A, rather than answering question 3a and 3b as if they are discrete questions.

Hank's Lesson Plan for this week

However please note a LIVING STORY WEB is stories in a particular place, a time, and an Event. It is not the same as a Grand Narrative that is placeless, timeless, acontextual, and has universeralizing gesture. The ANTES (antenarratives) connect or interconnect GNs and LSWs.

difference/similarity of posthumanist systemicity and Being-In-The-World for Heidegger and for Arendt Hint 2b: According to Barad Heisenberg is epistemic not an "ontoepistemological" inseparability of ontology and epistemology. Boje (2014a) sees Heisenberg as ontological (Boje 2014; also see Dewey, 1929 references to Heisenberg)?) Hint

How would you complete Heidegger's unfinished project (p. 64, footnote 1) is to critique 'time and Being' in Aristotle (Physics IV essay on time) and Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason (see section on time)? How would Lefebvfe rhythmanalysis and Deleuze ontology contribution to that unfinished project

For Karen Barad, Agential realism is an ontoepistemological standpoint. Agential realism is the intra-activity of materiality with discourse. There are other ontoepistemological standpoints for systems theory.

Ramsés Fuenmayor (1991). The Roots of Reductionism: A Counter-Ontoepistemology for a Systems Approach This does not mention Barad's ontoepistemological, and focuses instead on a different proposition:

Proposition SOP ("systems ontological proposition”):the ontological claim stated as ”Things (phenomena) are wholes which transcend the mere collection of their parts."

Proposition SEP ("systems epistemological proposition”): the epistemological claim stated as "Things (phenomena) should be studied as transcendental wholes and not as mere aggregates of parts." Call this new proposition "SEP”

Proposition COE ("counter-ontoepistemology proposition”): is to ask, through SEP, what is the approach, method, or science that studies phenomena as if they were not holons but, rather, as if they were mere aggregate of parts?


  1. SEP transcends not solely transcending from the mere collection of its parts, but it is transcending from the "thing in itself.”
  2. SOP is still in the Cartesian Ontological ‘mind-matter’ dualism of Descartes’ philosophical framework.
  3. The COE tries to resolve the Descartes’ ontological duality with counter-ontoepistemology systems approach
  4. SEP’s epistemological thrust acts as a conditioning ontology in which “being (genera, essences)” is not distinguished from “appearance” (Aristotle’s paradox).
  5. Parmenides ontological standpoint the being of things in the world is unchainable (Eleatic Ontology). “Not-being” s “unspeakable” (Being-is and Non-Being is not).
  6. For Parmenides - deciding in advance that Non-Being is the ground from which Being-is possible is disregarded (Heidegger, make Dasein the Being-there already for Being-is
  7. Parmenides: That which is uncoiled is that which appears as actual, and thus, it is not concealed. For Heidegger, Being-in-the-world is a disclosability, an unconcealing
  8. Hericlitus ontology is being is change (being-entity-time), which is the foundation of temporality in a Counter-ontoepistemology of a systems approach

and so on.

Shalin, D. N. (2007). Signing in the Flesh: Notes on Pragmatist Hermeneutics*.Sociological Theory, 25(3), 193-224.

What is the hermeneutics of Roland Barthes? Answer: the five codes; see Felluga, Dino. "Modules on Barhes: On the Five Codes." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Purdue U.

Arendt, Hannah (1958). The Human Condition refocuses Heidegger's Being-In-The-World on a theory of politics and action. More.

What NMSU is doing. Click here prior year 655 article; Main Types of Sustainability; How does NMSU Sustainability - Compare to UNM Climate Action plan See actual UNM plan. NMSU plan.

Capra, F. Speaking nature's language: Principles for sustainability

Barad, Karen. (2003). "Posthumanist performativity: Toward an understanding of how matter comes to matter." Signs, Vol. 28.3: 801-831.

Heisenberg, Werner. (1958). Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science. NY: Harper & Brothers Publications.,Werner/Heisenberg,%20Werner%20-%20Physics%20and%20philosophy.pdf

Sep 9th



Kötke: 5 The Phantom Agriculture; 6 The Dying Oceans; 7 Extinction of Life

Heidegger Part One Being-in-the-World as Being-With and Being-One's-Self, The 'They'

Lefebvre 2 Seen from the Window

Boje STO 5

Boje SoPQ 5

Boje CTE CH 4



NO CLASS meeting in BC 247, as we are meeting at Career Fair - be sure to visit once during day 9 to 3 and attend the reception Mixer at 3:15 during class time, in Dona Ana room

PLEASE ATTEND & PARTICIPATE in the 30th Annual Career Expo – September 16-17, 2014 at Corbett Center - This is a special "GREENING Career" Day - look for Green Leaf Employers; Special invite to be with me at the booth sometime during day 9 to 3PM on Sept 16 and to attend special reception Mixer at 3:15 in Dona Ana Room of Corbett Center.


Canvas Question 4a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 4b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?

PLEASE Note: Class will be held at Career Expo on Sep 16; We will sit and observer with ontologic pragmatism and assess strategy-as-practice of sustainability @ NMSU.

John Dewey develop Observer Effect on Ontological Pragmatism

Extinction of Life, the post-process & strategy-as-practice; Arendt's The Human Condition instead of Heidegger and Lefebvre's look through window

Vaara, Eero, and Richard Whittington. (2012). "Strategy-as-practice: taking social practices seriously." The Academy of Management Annals 6.1: 285-336.

Chia, Robert, and Brad MacKay. (2007). "Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice." Human relations 60.1: 217-242.

Arendt, Hannah (1958). The Human Condition. Arendt was Heidegger's student. She had a falling out with his lack of political answerability, and develop a counter-ontological theory that puts politics of action ahead of his focus on work (& labor) and equipmentality.

Boje, 2014

Toward Sustainability Ethics of Equity & Social Justice; Hamilton, Clive (2010) Hamilton traces the roots of denial to North American conservatism that views environmentalism as a threat to sovereignty, privilege, economic growth and man’s mastery over nature;

Dewey, J. (1929). The Quest for Certainty. GIfford Lectures. Do a search on indeterminacy, indeterminate, Heisenberg and observer (effect), and you will quickly see how Dewey develop a (quantum) pragmatist standpoint that is different from that of William James and Charles Sanders Peirce. His ontology is rooted in Heisenberg, and is different from Heidegger, & much closer to Arendt.

please discuss Presentation to NMSU Sustainability Council by Dr. Connie Falk


Sep 16th


Kötke: 8 Population; 9 Cultural Dynamics of Empire

Heidegger Part One: V Being as Such; VI. Care as the Being of Dasein

Lefebvre 3 Dressage

Deleuze A Thousand Plateaus Ch 14


Boje STO 6

Boje SoPQ 6

Boje CTE CH 15


JOHN's Canvas Question 5a: Explain how understanding rhythms and rhizomes help us understand our students and/or research topics. Might want to refer to Rhythmanalysis chapters 1-3, Deleuze’s Chapter 14 and page 54 of Boje’s Storytelling Organizations.
Question 5B: Understanding you makes it easier to understand others. So…Who are you and why are you you?


Cultural Dynamics of Empire in Quantum-Liquid Systemicities (Bauman)

Our virtual guest David Whetten

BOOK] Identity in organizations: Building theory through conversations

DAA WhettenPC Godfrey - 1998 -
... Theory-Building Methodology 295 ...

[CITATION] Modelling-as-theorizing: a systematic methodology for theory development

DA Whetten - Essential skills for management research, 2002 - Sage

Members' identification with multiple-identity organizations

P ForemanDA Whetten - Organization Science, 2002 -
... Peter Foreman •theory-building exercise,
we explore the possibility that a similar identity comparison process operates at the ...

Perspective-Finding the Organization in Organizational Theory: A Meta-Theory of the Organization as a Social Actor

BG KingT FelinDA Whetten - Organization Science, 2010 -Whetten (2006) has noted several parallels:identity specifies an (individual or organizational) actor's ... of the organization; but over time this
identity becomes institutionalized as the orga- nization becomes “infuse[d] with value ...


Sustainability: socio-cultural, economic, and environmental

We did Deleuzian Ontology Chapter 14, relation of open and closed to smooth and striated spaces last week. Let's move on to various models; how it differs from Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Lefebvre, and Heidegger's sense of space

Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, and Deleuze present differing ontologies. The concept of Care differs in them.

Bauman, Z. (2010). Liquid Times; Boje (2014)

Boje, D. M. (2012a). Reflections: What does Quantum Physics of Storytelling Mean for Change Management? Journal of Change Management. Boje (2014) Storytelling in Organizations: Managing in the Quantum Age.

Quantum Storytelling: Blacksmithing Art in the Quantum Age

Quantum Storytelling: Blacksmithing Art in the Quantum Age, presents David M. Boje's "Quantum Storytelling" approach. This film ...


Boje, D. M. (2012b). The ♥-of-Care of the Life-Path of Organizations' Double-Spiral-Antenarrative choices through Landscapes

Deleuze, G.; Guattari, F. (1987). A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

 Sep 23rd


Kötke: 10 The Psychology of Empire; 11 History of Modern Colonialism; 12 Colonialism in the Modern World

Heidegger Part Two: I Dasein's Possibility of Being-A-Whole & Being-Towards-Death

Lefebvre 5 The Media Day

Boje STO 7

Boje SoPQ7

Boje CTE CH 8


CARMA Canvas Question 6a: Explain how Cajete, LaDuke, or Nez-Denetdale relates to Kotke, Heidegger, Boje or other material in this course?

Canvas Question 6b: What is your own Living Story Web about how different, and sometimes, 
contrary or uncomfortable, perspectives or ideas impact your own life, research, or teaching?

Your material footprint (Kotke)

what are 5 systems articles in AMR Section that relate to the topic you wrote on the board in John's session on Sep 23rd? (see AMR section of syllabus)

Pre-Class Reading Material:

  • Cajete  (handout)
  • Nez-Denetdale  (handout)
  • Hogan  (handout) 

In Class Material:
2:35-3:05              Sabine Trafimow and German expert will come to help with Heiddegger on Moods in German

In fact Heidegger's translator's choice of the word 'mood' is for a German word, that just does not exist in the English language. In German, Stimmung' means tuning of a musical instrument. Mood, in German is both "Gestimmtsein; and "Gestimmtheit" as in 'having a mood' and other times as attention to the Gestimmtsein, by 'Being-attuned' (#134, footnote 3).

3:05-3:25pm      Video: Winona LaDuke Lecture, December 12, 2005 at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan (First 16 minutes)

3:25-3:40pm      Pair up and discuss what assumptions we might have as individuals and how they impact our efforts in our research. Or how do we make sure we're aware of our assumptions (and how they may impact our efforts in our research) (write ideas on the board).

3:40-3:50pm      PM Break

3:50-4:00              Carma's Tribal Wisdom Presentation (Business Ethics) 
   4:00-4:15           Class Discussion/Activity: Write on the board ideas of how can tribal wisdom be applied in business ethics.

4:15-4:30:            Carma's Tribal Wisdom (Decolonization-Conference Conclusion write-up)
   4:30-4:45           Class Discussion/Activity: What will you take with you from this class specifically?

4:45-5:00:            Moving our term papers forward.


Sep 30th


PART II: Seed of Future

Kötke: 13 Principles of Life

Heidegger Part Two: II: Dasein's Attestation of an Authentic Potentiality-For-Being, and Resoluteness

Lefebvre 6 Manipulations of Time

Boje STO 8

Boje SoPQ8

Boje CTE 11

Assignments CANVAS (rough draft of THEORY PAPER DUE TODAY - bring print out to class

MORTAZA Canvas Question 7a: Discuss the role of material storytelling in learning/research.
Q7B: Have a ‘living story’ from material storytelling point of view

William Kotke will be skying into our classes on Monday at about 2:45 PM our time if you would kindly send your answers to him as well as to CANVAS - thank you

See Boje's summary of Kötke: 13 Principles of Life

walruses walrus

Walruses in the Chukchi sea this time of year are generally females and young who are at greater risk of being trampled


Rhythmanalysis of Living Systemicity in Seed of Future (e.g. rhythm of capital (Lefebvre ch 6; Kincheloe's critical ontology of living system)

Taste of Iran: Esfahan [BBC Culture Documentary]

Taste of Iran: Esfahan [BBC Culture Documentary] The biggest secret of the Internet: Find the cheapest hotels
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Katz and Kahn (1966) The Social Psychology of Organizations - systems concept. especially p. 17, 19-20 for input throughput output feedback model of open systems; . p. 19 2nd law of thermodynamics, p. 21 negative entropy, p. 25 equifinality, etc.

Luhmann’s theory of autopoietic social systems by David Seidl (2004). This is a living systems approach. Autopoiesis literally means "auto (self)-creation" and it ha sa critique for being solophistic, social constructivist epistemic


"Quantum mechanical states are fuzzy and fragile," says Zuzek. In quantum mechanics, the principle ofquantum superposition guarantees that any combination of quantum states is itself an allowed quantum state. "A system that can be here or there should be legally able to be both here and there," explains Zurek. Yet the universe appears to us to be specific and solid. We don’t experience such "nonlocal" superpositions in everyday life: Somehow, superpositions shake out to just one definite state. But how?" More

Lefebvre ch 5 apparatuses

Review 7 types of materialism in Boje (2014). Including Althusser in Callari, A; Ruccio, D. F. (1996). Postmodern materialism and the future of Marxist theory: Essays in the Althusserian tradition (p. 51). A. Callari (Ed.). Hanover: Wesleyan University Press.,%20Althusser%20and%20Hegel.pdfAsk the question what is the relation of systemic and anti-systemic, after reading Callari and Russio introduction; see also Greene, Ronald Walter (1998). Another materialist rhetoric. Critical Studies in Mass Communication Vol 15: pp 2-43.

MATERIAL STORYTELLING and SYSTEMICITIES OF ORGANIZATION AND SOCIETY: Read Anete Strand dissertation today for definitions of 'material storytelling in Part I, and Method in Part II.

Bøje, D. M.; Jørgensen, Kenneth Mølbjerg; & Strand, Anete M. Camille. (2013) TOWARDS A POSTCOLONIALSTORYTELLING THEORY OF MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION, Journal of Management Philosophy, 2013.; Strand and Jorgensen – material storytelling as interactive becoming

Heidegger QCT


Oct 7th


Kötke: 14 Culture as Organism

Heidegger Part Two: Dasein's Authentic Potentiality-For-Being-A-Whole and Temporality as the Ontological Meaning of Care; IV Temporality and Everydayness

Lefebvre 7 Music and Rhythms

Deleuze A Thousand Plateaus Ch 14, music fractals

Boje SoPQ9

Boje CTE 9

Finalize your THEORY PAPER; it is due end of term in final form; bring copies to class, and share. We will assign you to comment on one other person's paper

NOURAH Canvas Question 8a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 8b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?

Green Ethics of Culture as Organism

COPE model

Figure - COPE Pragmatist-Storytelling (Please see Boje & Rosile's Cancun Keynote 2014)


Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff

The Story of Solutions

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ...

Is economic systemicity of materialism broken?

How the rich stole the recovery

This chart from Pavlina Tcherneva is a shocking illustration of how the US economy is broken.


Biological materialisms, and posthumanist feminists critiques for Capra's Living Systems theory where its just system as a whole in self-organization processes (relate to Leviathan; to Kincheloe, and so on)

Hobbes, Thomas. (1651). Leviathan; Frost, Samantha. (2010). Fear and the illusion of autonomy. Pp. 158-176 in Diana Coole and Samantha Frost (Eds.) New materialisms: Ontology, agency, and politics. Duke University Press.

Kincheloe (2007: p. 896): "Thus, in a critical ontology our power as meaning makers and producers of new self hoods is enhanced. Cognition is the process in which living systems organize the world around them into meaning. With this in mind critical ontology creates a new era of immanence—'what could be' has never implied so much." More...

Capra, Fritjof. (1996). The web of life: A new scientific understanding of living systems (brief excerpt)

Capra, F.; Pier Luigi Luisi (). The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Capra p. 35 days “Descartes’ uncompromising image of living organisms as mechanical systems … [and] all of nature… can be explained in terms of the arrangement and movements of its parts” is Cartesian reductionism. Where as Capra’s “living system” has “emergent properties… not found in any of the parts but emerge at the level of the system as a whole.”

“Later on, the concept of organization was refined to that of ‘self-organization,’ which is still used in contemporary theories of living systems.” (p. 64).

Gunaratne, S. A. (2005). Public diplomacy, global communication and world order: An analysis based on theory of living systems. Current Sociology53(5), 749-772.

Pierce, Charles Sanders. (1904) New Elements Peirce develops a theory of natural kind that is ontological existence in relation to epistemic classification.

  • "Efficient causation is that kind of causation whereby the parts compose the whole; final causations that kind of causation whereby the whole calls out its parts" (Peirce, 1902, cited in Hulswit, 1997: 744). Efficient and final cause are two of Aristotle's fourfold causation.


New process school's relation to systemicity and ontology of Heidegger, Deleuze, and Lefebvre

  1. Chia, R. (2004) Re-educating attention: What is foresight and how is it cultivated? Pp. 21-37 in H. Tsoukas and J. Sheppard (Eds.)  Managing the Future: Foresight in the Knowledge Economy. London: Blackwell.
  2. Chia, R.; & MacKay, B. (2007).  Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice. Human Relations,Vol 60 (1): 217-242.
  3. Tsoukas, H.; & Sheppard, J. (2004). Managing the Future: Foresight in the Knowledge Economy. London: Blackwell.
  4. Sandberg, J; & Tsoukas, J. (2011).  Grasping the Logic of Practice: Theorizing Through Practical Rationality. Academy of Management Review, 36 (2): 388-360.
  5. Angelo, M. J. (2005). Embracing Uncertainty, Complexity and Change: An Eco-Pragmatic Reinvention of a First Generation Environmental Lawbepress Legal Series, 673.
  6. Corman, S. R., & Dooley, K. J. (2008). Strategic Communication on a Rugged Landscape Principles for Finding the Right Message.
  7. A National Strategic Narrative by Mr. Y. Youtube commentary on it; followup ‘Dialogue’ TV: Revisiting Mr. Y and “A National Strategic Narrative” ; Mark Mykleby co-author of the paper
  8. Tromblee, M. L. (2009). Strategic Communication Through Design: A Narrative Approach. ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES



From Storytelling to Storylistening: John Maeda (Future of StoryTelling 2014)

Anete Mikkala Camille Strand (2012), who has founded a lab in Denmark for Material Storytelling at Aalborg University.

Photo: Anete Mikkala Camille Strand, Ph.D. at the Material Storytelling Lab at Aalborg University, Denmark (Photo by D. Boje, 2014).

Dr. Strand has trained the sandplay method extensively for several years and translated it to bring together the two areas (sandplay and storytelling) in the material storytelling mode ‘stories of artifacts’ and in doing so it reconfigures from a therapeutic field to a storytelling field within organizations and teaching/research. Boje, in particular, has been working with Strand since 2009, and served on her dissertation committee.

Strand, Anete Mikkala Camille (2012) Enacting the Between - On dis/continuous becoming of/through an Apparatus of Material Storytelling.(More on Material Storytelling Lab).Download summary in English
Download summary in Danish 
Download PhD thesis: Book 1 /// Book 2

Boje, David; Jørgensen, Kenneth Mølbjerg; Strand, Anete Mikkala Camille (2013). Towards a postcolonial storytelling theory of management and organization. Journal of Management Philosophy. Vol 12 (1) 43-66.

"The Material Story Lab offers a process-oriented and holistic approach to practices of knowing and becoming" (Material Storytelling Lab, Denmark).


Oct 14th


Kötke: 15 Life of the Tribe

Heidegger Part Two: V: Temporality and Historicality

Lefebvre 8 Conclusions

Boje SoPQ 10

Boje CTE 11


CYNTHIA Canvas Question 9a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 9b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?


Cynthia's 2nd Lesson Plan


Life of Tribe

Tribal Wisdom for Life-Enhancing Relationships: Dr. Gregory Cajete and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

Module 6 features Dr. Gregory Cajete and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees. Cajete discusses the "mutual reciprocal relationships" ...


Systemicity-Rhythm in Liquid-Quantum Modern; rhythmanalysis of a systemicity you are familiar with and dwelling-within inhood (see posthumanist ontology)

Bauman, Z. (2010). Liquid Times; Boje (2014) for Liquid-Quantum

Lefebvre, H. (2004). Rhythmanalysis

Reading Heidegger BT

Oct 21st 


Kötke: 16 Restoration of the Life of the Earth

Heidegger Question Concerning Technology PART I

Bauman - chapter TBA

Heidegger Part Two: VI. Temporality and Within-Time-Ness As the Source

Boje SoPQ 11

Boje CTE 17


HANK & JOHN - Canvas Question 10a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 10b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?


Please bring contributions sections of paper, and the discussion section of your theory paper for AMR today

Restoryation of Life of Earth? 98

Tribal Wisdom and Storytelling: Drs. David Boje and Gregory Cajete

Module 4 features Dr. David Boje and Dr. Gregory Cajete. Boje discusses the differences between indigenous ways of storytelling ...


  1. Word of the Day: Fat-Tail

    Fat-tails distributions are a probability distribution whose outcomes are represented as thick ends or "tails" that form towards the ...


  1. Identifying "The Long Tail" - Chris Anderson

    Complete video at: "Wired" editor and author Chris Anderson explains his theory of "The ...
  1. Ian Bremmer is the co-author (with Preston Keat) of 'The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain World'.
  2. Business Investment Book Summary: The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain ...

     This is the summary of The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain World ...


1. Deconstruct a Grand Narrative to show the Long Tail

 2. Use the Six thinking hats (source)

The person who facilitates the meeting wears the blue hat. This is the hat that controls the other hats (although eventually this person may want to pass the blue hat to another person). The person with the blue hat can at any moment invite the group to put on any of the following hats:

    • White: with this hat you have to bring up facts, numbers and objective information.
    • Red: you can speak about your feelings, sensations, intuitions, what is going well or bad for you.
    • Black: it is your time for criticism and for bringing up the difficulties or pitfalls of any proposal.
    • Yellow: you can bring up new ideas and suggestions to improve any proposal.
    • Green: this is the creative hat. It allows you to say whatever comes up to your mind.

The facilitator (blue hat) decides whether everybody wears the same hat, or just a part of the group wears a given hat and others wear a hat in a different colour, depending on whether the facilittor wants to generate more ideas or to increase the depth of the debate.

Mead and the practice turn

Simpson, Barbara. (2009). "Pragmatism, Mead and the practice turn." Organization Studies 30.12: 1329-1347.

Mead (1932) The Philosophy of the Present.

Readings Heidegger BT, the realms

Oct 28th


Kötke: 17 Permanent Desert Culture

Boje SoPQ18

Heidegger Question Concerning Technology PART II

Bauman - chapter TBA




Canvas Question 11a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 11b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?

Tribal Wisdom for Business Ethics: Introduction

Thirty-minute educational film offers an ethic of business practice that is relationship-based and community-oriented, fostering a ...


New Mexico Desert Culture?

the many 'destining's' in Heidegger's QCT on line version is searchable

Heidegger QCT

Nov 4th


Kötke: 18 Choosing Reality

Heidegger Question Concerning Technology PART III

Bauman - chapter TBA

Merleau-Ponty differences with Heidegger

Boje SoPQ 12

Assignments CANVAS

CARMA Canvas Questions:
Canvas Question 12a:  Please work up a demonstration analysis of your AMR theory paper, for the analysis paper, using secondary data, such as annual reports, websites, etc.  TELL US WHAT IS THE DATA AND WHERE IT COMES FROM

Canvas Question 12b: What is your own Living Story Web about the twelve sorts of destining impacting or defining your own life, research, or teaching?

(See AMR section of syllabus)

here is link to searchable Heidegger QCT - search for Destining - and note the different kinds in typology pp 303-4 in Boje SoPQ

Please work up a demonstration analysis of your AMR theory paper, for the analysis paper, using secondary data, such as annual reports, websites, etc. Suggest Leximancer

See Boje (Dragon Book), pp. 303-4

  1. Formal (shape into which chalice is formed causes)
  2. Efficient (agent, a silversmith that brings chalice about causes)
  3. Material (matter out of which chalice is made causes)
  4. Final (the end, a sacrificial rite causes the form, the smith, and matter).

Destining in a Dozen Ways of Being Sustainably Pragmatic: As we kept exploring, we began to notice a 47 different occurrences of ‘destining; [Geschick] in the essay by Heidegger (QCT, 1977). We grouped them in a dozen different uses:

Pre-Class Reading Material:

  • Heidegger: Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, PART III
  • Bauman - chapter TBA   Class pick the next chapter in your reading of Liquid Time
  • Boje SoPQ 12 – since Leximancer, etc are post-positivist (sometimes) pragmatist ways of analysis


In Class Material:
2:35-3:05              Sabine Trafimow, German expert will come to help with words:

      • erlebnis pg 116 foot note
      • das Erkennen pg 118
      • vorstellen pg 120 (used a lot in this section)
      • gestellt pg 127 and throughout the essay on QCT, see Boje 303-4
      • Weltbild pg 128

3:05-3:15 pm     Leximancer,
Discussion of how we might use to complete an analysis of AMR theory paper and begin discussion of technology in general.

3:15-3:50 pm     Pair off for discussion and regroup to discuss technology; instrumentally, destining, and defining our modern living. Is technology today different from ancient technology? What’s the “essence” of technology?
3:50-4:00 pm     PM Break

4:00-4:15 pm     Bauman
                                    Pair off for discussion, and regroup to discuss globalization, uncertainty, and freedom.

4:15-4:30 pm     Native American mascot issue (10 min videos)
                                    National Congress of American Indians:
                                    Russell Means talks about Chief wahoo on the Morning Exchange:
Discussion of how the Native mascot issue can analyzed through systems theory and connections to technology, globalization, uncertainty, and freedom.

4:30-5:00 pm     Moving our term papers forward: Review of each person’s STRUCTURE edits to their paper from last week, i.e. headings, etc.  They also need to be including AMR articles most relevant to their critical review, to make a space for the conversation with AMR journal reviewers.



  1. Leximancer 101

    Here is a quick look at who Leximancer are and what we do.
    • HD
  2. Leximancer 201

    Have you watched Leximancer 101 and find yourself wanting more information? Then this is the video for you.
    • HD


Tribal Wisdom and Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Dr. Don Pepion

Module 2 features Dr. Don Pepion discussing in clear understandable terms some aspects of indigenous cosmology and related ...


Improv(e): Jen Oleniczak at TEDxCortland

Jen Oleniczak is the founder of The Engaging Educator, a NYC-based organization that specializes in improv-based workshop


New Mexico's materialisms

Merleau-Ponty changes to Heidegger ontology

Merleau-Ponty (1962). Phenomenology of Perception

Diana Coole develops a materialism storytelling of Merleau-Ponty; Coole, Diana. (2010). “The inertia of matter and the generativity of flesh.” Pp. 92-115 in Diana Coole and Samantha Frost (Eds.) New materialisms: Ontology, agency, and politics. Duke University Press.

Readings TBA

Nov 11th


Kötke: 19 Natural History of the Watershed

Boje SoPQ 13 & 14 & 19

Final Discussion of Bauman's book


Final discussion of Lefebvre


MORTAZA Canvas Question 13A - Develop a model for your AMR theory paper. 13 B tell as living story of why you care about this topic (one situation, one event, one incident)

Bring copy to class

Tribal Wisdom for Life-Enhancing Relationships: Dr. Gregory Cajete and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

Module 6 features Dr. Gregory Cajete and Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees. Cajete discusses the "mutual reciprocal relationships" ...

MORTAZA will develop a lesson plan helping build theory models with some discussion of Bauman, Lefebvre, and Heidegger QCT (with some German words he cares about).

New Mexico's Watershed History

EXERCISE TO TRY MINDMAP - as a first step in building a model for your paper - some sort of diagram of your theory


Bill Maher Talks Monsanto, Genetically Modified Food (GMOs) - HD

Political comedian Bill Maher weighed in on Monsanto and GMOs on the June 22 2012 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher .
  1. Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide

    Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide.


  1. MUST SEE Monsanto GMO FOOD Alarm from inside scientists SCIENTIST CONSTRAINED

    Monsanto GMO FOOD Alarm from inside scientists SCIENTIST CONSTRAINED See also: Professor Don Huber: Messing with ...
  2. The World According to Monsanto (Documentary) - GMO TERROR

    The film reports many controversies surrounding the use and promotion of genetically modified seeds, polychlorinated biphenyls ...


  1. GMO, Global Alert 2yr scientific study certifies MONSANTO GMO is poison and cancer causing

    GMO, Global Alert 2yr scientific study certifies GMO is poison cancer causing There are various agendas and proposals ...


Nov 18th 

No Class



Nov 25th


Kötke: 20 Planetary-Watershed Restoration

How Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, & Deleuze differ form Heidegger

Boje SoPQ 15 & 16 & 17


NOURAH Canvas Question 14a: What is a Grand Narrative about _______? Canvas Question 14b: What is your own Living Story Web about ______?

Planet's Watershed Restoration

Tribal Wisdom & Entrepreneurship: Drs. Joe Gladstone & Dan Stewart, Yolanda Martinez & Alicia Ortega

Module 5 features Dr. Joe Gladstone (dissertation on American Indian entrepreneurs), Yolanda M


Readings TBA

Dec 2nd


  Final Papers Due

Please submit your two JOURNAL PROJECTS (one is Theory, second one is Qualitative Analysis, and include individual portfolio of your Canvas entries - Class held off campus at 4700 Dunn Drive starting at 3:30 till 5:30 or 6PM

Dec 9th

FOLLOW UP     Dec 17 to 19 Quantum Storytelling Conference in Las Cruces (Inn of the Arts); Your abstract, presentation, and paper are welcome



Purpose of Course:

To have students obtain a basic knowledge Organizational Systemicity [Theory] & Complexity (OSC) in its Ecological Contexts. Barry Commoner's, Closing Circle in 1971.[Source]. Here are four classic pragmatic RULES:

  1. Everything is connected to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
  2. Everything must go somewhere. There is no "waste" in nature and there is no "away" to which things can be thrown.
  3. Nature knows best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner (source), "likely to be detrimental to that system" [aka 'Systemicity']
  4. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.

We will call living organisms, 'AGENTS.'

Agent Based Modeling of Systemicity

Figure 1 - Agent Based Modeling (ABM) of Systemicity (Drawing by Boje).

ABM - Agent Based Modeling

GST - General Systems Theory

OST - Open Systems Theory - rooted in second order cybernetics (deviation-counteracting & deviation-amplification loops)

CAS - Complex Adaptive Systems - rooted in first order cybernetics (deviation-counteracting loops) are the basis of what we study as the socio-technical beast.


Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature

This video is about complex adaptive systems in Nature, how birds and fish move in amazing patterns that emerge in the aggregate. Micro behaviors of individual-Agents turn into Group of Agent behaviors. E.g. Birds follow simple rules forming self-organizing CAS

Rule 1. Stay close but don't bump into birds around me.

Rule 2. Fly as fast as birds near me

Rule 3. Move toward center of the group



Complex adaptive systems: an introduction

Health Care as a Complex Adaptive System

  • CAS have non-linear dynamic, agents are intelligent and learn, and are self-adapting, with no single point of control in this Healthcare example.

Advanced presentation on ABM

A brief overview Old style modeling of Complex Adaptive Systems using ABM - search for macro-patterns over times with multiple agents interacting, each using simple rules

ABM is an alternative to Old Systems Theories (GST/OST/Mechanistic/Framework, etc.) reductionism, trying for universalism and generality through acts of abstraction and appropriation. Old Systems Thinking, the Idealism that results in the inexistence of Agents, the glossing over of Event, and Event-trajectories in Systemicity, in space-time-materialisms (Boje, 2014a).

An alternative is a retheorized Materialism of Event, to Agent interactions that are not reduced to cross-sectional variable boxes with arrows between them. The ABM materialism is about how patterns of systemicity unfold in spacetimemattering that exceed the Agent's simple Rules of dyadic engagement to form complexity patterns of multiplicities within multiplicities. ABM is also an alternative to Deleuze's ontology of unfathomable chaos of the rhizome vortex. The idea that System is a set of unified parts, greater than the Whole, is the Grand Narrative of old systems thinking. Watch the YouTubes below to get an understanding of why this is so. Old systems theorizing accounts for organization as a stable state disrupted by an Event, and then a old-style CAS or OST takes over. However, such universalizing is a Grand Narrative. "Nowhere is there any endpoint, either above or below. There is neither initial One, nor an ultimate atom" (Tarby, 2013: 136-7). Sets of Agents in relation to multiplicities create aggregate patterns that are a successive set of possibilities. The observing Agents have the impact of their Observer Effect, though they may think themselves to be innocent bystanders to the Event, the ensuing trajectories. For Alain Bidiou (2013) it is the "dialectic of being and event" (Tarby, 2013); while for Heidegger (1962) its an Encounter, in Being-in-the-world, in the ontologic situation of worlds within worlds: world of work in relation to world of equipmentality (technologies), world of supplies, world of nature, world of welfare, and so on. Human Agents and non-human Agents interact in ecological and other contexts. Humans do not create all the Events.

What is an Event?

"Event is the sudden irrupton within this scene of a set of things, of elements, that were neither given nor determined" (Tarby, 2013: 142). Events happen in a flash, a dazzling revelation, all very suddenly. Other Events take some time to be noticed.

The Event happens, often suddenly, and the Agents' Situation is shocked into a change in its activities, and the RULES may change. Some Agents may deny the event, while others are reactive by seizing the day, in "creative humanity" to enact new RULES (Tarby, 2013: 143). As more incidents happen, some are Events, that interrupt the Agents' Situation, and can be Tipping Points in the trajectories (paths) through SPACE and TIME, in Materiality (Boje, 2014a). "We are surrounded by materiality" (Tarby, 2013: 140).

Events happen in says that Agent structures and networking adapts to. Here are some basic principles of events Several of these are adapted form Tarby (2013) chapter on work of Alain Badiou.

Principle 1: Event is always relative to a Situation in various contexts. E.g. social racism, economic inequality, political hegemony, cultural decline, ecological species decline, and/or their counter-contexts.

Principle 2: Event cannot change everything. There are local changes, some global ones, and after a time some returns, but everything does not return.

Principle 3: The human social dimension of the event is lost when we use GST/OST/CAS theories to confer a final determination of some universal Truth (see Tarby, 2013: 114). E.g. when systemicity is reduced to summary variables without tracing what individual agents are doing, or when cross sectional methods such as survey research are used in ways that do not trace longitudinal developments.

Principle 4: Event opens up trajectories as the Agents interact and enact respective courses of action. E.g. some Seize the day and create change, while others deny the Event and go about their business-as-usual.

Principle 5: Event trajectories "make the event a simulacrum" (Tarby, 2013: 144). ABM is a simulation, and there is also simulacrum behavior by Agents Being-in-the-world. See Boje & Rhodes (2005, Leadership Quarterly article on this topic, PDF download)

Principle 6: Event trajectories as they course through Agent networks, modify knowledge of the Agents, however full knowledge cannot be perfect. E.g. As an Event traverses a Living Story Web of families, friends, professions, the pattern remains open. The trajectories are not determinate, sine more incidents and stages happen, and affect the course. Therefore any definite final Truth is lost.

Principle 7: There is always hope that out of Event, some Grand Narrative (GN) of Universality will take hold of an Agents' context without fully denying, marginalizing, or re-appropriating by reduction or manipulation the Living Story Webs (LSWs).

ABM can be used to model Event principles and Agent rules.


"An agent-based model (ABM) is a class of computational models for simulating the actions and interactions of autonomous agents (both individual or collective entities such as organizations or groups) with a view to assessing their effects" on the systemicity dynamics. "Most agent-based models are composed of: (1) numerous agents specified at various scales (typically referred to as agent-granularity); (2) decision-making heuristics; (3) learning rules or adaptive processes; (4) an interaction topology; and (5) a non-agent environment." (source).

Agents can be defined as individuals, groups, organizations that follow simple sociolinguist and various organizing rules, while their interactions create non-linear complexity patterns of Systemicity over spaces and times. Agents can be human, animal, plant, bacterial, and any other living things. ABM allows testing various principles, and how communities for example, vitalize their languages within pressures of socioeconomic contexts on indigenous languages.

Demonstration of an agent-based simulation

This simulation demonstration of ads, their effectiveness with early-product adopters and detractors, over time as the word spreads through a marketplace.


Only in humanism are the agents just human beings. In posthumanist ABM the agents are any species, all species interdependent in a given domain, following their Rule. For example, new product adopters over time


As Events happen, changes in Systemicity patterns emerge. Agents communicate and combine, interacting with other Agents to form Living Story Networks that are dialectic to Grand Narratives of various contexts.

Agent-Based Modelling by Bruce Edmonds

ABM allows social science to explore the relations between the micro-world and the macro-world. The qualitative techniques for eliciting stories from people can allow us to program the rules of social interaction.

Agent-Based Modeling How? H1N1 Model Design

In previous screen

Why Agent-Based Modeling? Part II: Modeling H1N1 by Miles Parker

Herbert Simon's bounded rationality applies to ABM.

Whereas Old Systems Theories attempt to build a representative reduction of social and operational or productive systems, the ABM is at the population level, including all the agents, and all the states they move through, and how that aggregate interaction occurs over spacetime, and in material interactions with the environment.

Agents are heterogeneous with different ideas for living and Being-in-the-world:

Agent 1 - 'I care about my home, my local space.'

Agent 2 - 'I care about getting rich, and that's all.'

Agent 3 - 'I care what happens in my life, and don't care at all about what happens to future generations.'

Agent 4 - 'I care about virtual real, about mass-produced entertainment, and could care less about the natural world.'

Agent 5 - ' I care about living my life so the 7th generation will have resources for life.'

Agent 6 - 'I care about greening and sustainability of the natural world.'

Agent 7 - 'I care about capitalism, and do not care about escaping into virtual entertainment or natural world.'

Agent 8 - 'I care about making smoke and mirrors that hides my true intent from other agents.'

Agent 9 - 'I care about creating an ethical story in relation other other storied lives.'

And so on...

As these and other agents interact, they form patterns of interaction, and structures in relation to Events suddenly happening in their midst.

The Systemicity process can be a one of fractal-pattern emergence, scalability from the lower (micro-scale) of systemicity to its higher (macro-scale). The behavioral rules generate complexity patterns, such as fractals, as multiple agents, each bounded rational, act in their own PRAGMATIC interests. Some have CRITICAL PRAGMATIC, others ONTOLOGIC PRAGMATIC, others more post POSITIVIST PRAGMATIC, and some with EPISTEMIC PRAGMATIC ways of sensemaking and enactment (Boje, 2014a). These pragmatics are NOT independent. In multiple agent systemicity, different actors apply different pragmatic rules, such as Commoner's Closing Circle, while others, such as Australian Premier Tony Abbott is an agent applying a Vulgar Pragmatic of the 'environmental vandal' (see Carol Williams, Aug 19 2014). In this political context he enacts anti-regulation programs: (1) repeal the carbon tax on biggest emitters of greenhouse gasses; (2) invited loges to open the Tasmanian 2,000 year old growth forest to logging in defiance of UNESCO World Heritage designation which 97% of Australians surveys still support; (3) Put a climate change skeptic in charge of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target Program; (4) shifted authority from federal to state and territorial governments for analysis of green light proposals; (5) Tax rollbacks that environmental scientists say is creating an “environmental train wreck."(see Carol Williams, Aug 19 2014).

The process of Agent Based Modeling (ABM) of Systemicity is one of recognizing how autonomous agents follow rules preserving their own PRAGMATIC self-interests in ways that create complex multi-agent, multiple-contexts patterns of emergence.

ABM agents do learn, and adapt to conditions of multiple contexts and multiple agent relationship networks.

There are several mixed qualitative and computational methods to study systemicity: (1) Monte Carlo simulations of ABM introduce randomness. (2) Markov Chains is another approach; (3) social movement theory; (4) Game Theory; (5) Decision Theory.

Here we will look at two kinds of emergent fractal patterns of complex systemicity:


A complex systemicity creates by ontologic story, or by simulations, dynamics of multiple agents using simple rules such as Barry commoner's Closing Circle rules in inter-connecting contexts whose properties are not fully explained by an understanding of its component parts. In short, complex systemicity consists of a large number of mutually interacting and interwoven contexts, agents, rules, and entities. Out of very simple rules, agents create amazing complexity dynamic patters. Some of these are fractal (Read More).

Learn how to research the inter-pragmatic: Ontico-Ontological Condition of OSC [please hover over for definition to appear]. To become proficient in 'critical ontology' analysis of 'systems thinking and practice.' To examine how OSC is used by a variety of qualitative methods approaches. To learn an ontological theory and method, in making a paradigm shift the various popular OSC approaches. One paradigm shift is from an 'Epistemic GRAND NARRATIVE' (hover over for definition ) rendering of OSC to a critical ontological one. Second, is from epistemic schemes of OST that are with out environmental ontology, to a Systems Sustainability is an interdisciplinary Ontological field that draws on theory, methods, and praxis from environmental sciences, economics, sociology, ethics, and philosophy. OSC are entities in the Ontic (Post-positivist) disciplines and Ontologic, and these combine (Ontico-Ontological) in the internal and external complex, dynamic, and contested relationships among many stakeholders and contexts. Agents follow quite different pragmatic rules:

Quantum Systems Theory and COPE Pragmatisms

Figure 2 - Quantum Systemicity Theory and COPE-Pragmatisms (see Boje, 2014a for discussion).

To see study guide on QST click here. In Grand Narratives Study Guide you will find ways to approach the construction of questions about Grand Narratives of OST and GST which have decontextualized what I call systemicities (Boje, 2008a). One aim is to move beyond 'vulgar pragmatism' the 'whatever works' practice.

There are research opportunities using systemicity as the next move beyond single-systems thinking.

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)
Department of Health and Human Services
The sponsors invite applications for that propose to develop basic and applied projects utilizing systems science methodologies relevant to human behavioral and social sciences and health. This FOA is intended to encourage a broader scope of topics to be addressed with systems science methodologies, beyond those encouraged by existing open FOAs. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and feature systems science methodologies. This FOA will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.
RFP Deadline: October 5, 2014
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As the Department of HHS puts it "Systems science methodologies are specific methodological approaches that have been developed to understand connections between a systems structure and its behavior over time. “Systems science methodologies” is an umbrella term to refer to a variety of such methodologies including (but not limited to), agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, many operations research and engineering methods, and a variety of other modeling and simulation approaches

... Relevant to systems science is recommendation #6 in this report: “The pathways between the social, economic, and environmental causes of poor health are complex and interconnected. Models and other novel analytic tools can elucidate these pathways and relationships and be used to assess the benefits and harms of policy and intervention options.  These tools are needed to support policy-making, including resource allocation. Therefore, the committee recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) coordinate the development and evaluation and advance the use of predictive and system-based simulation models to understand the health consequences of underlying determinants of health. HHS should also use modeling to assess intended and unintended outcomes associated with policy, funding, investment, and resource options" (More)

  • Agent based modeling presentation (Video)

"A system, in this context, refers to the particular configuration of all relevant entities, resources, and processes that together adequately characterize the problem space under study (i.e., a system is defined by the boundaries that stakeholders use to determine which acts/observations are relevant for their inquiry as well as the interpretations/judgments that they use to guide decisions or actions) (Ulrich, 2002). Systems science methodologies are valued for their ability to address the complexity inherent in behavioral and social phenomena, for example they excel at identifying non-linear relationships, bi-directional feedback loops, time delayed effects, emergent properties of the system, and oscillating system behavior" (More, please see Ulrich 2002)

Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)
Department of Health and Human Services
The sponsors invite applications for that propose to develop basic and applied projects utilizing systems science methodologies relevant to human behavioral and social sciences and health. This FOA is intended to encourage a broader scope of topics to be addressed with systems science methodologies, beyond those encouraged by existing open FOAs. Research projects applicable to this FOA are those that are either applied or basic in nature (including methodological development), have a human behavioral and/or social science focus, and feature systems science methodologies. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.
RFP Deadline: October 16, 2014
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Systemicities occur in multiple contexts, and across those contexts, that involve Storytelling process (Boje, 2008a).

For example, Grand Narratives (GN), and their counter-GNs are struggling and oppositional within each context, and between contexts. Those Contexts are themselves, entangled, interconnected, and interweaving.


Tribal Wisdom & Storytelling: Drs. David Boje & Gregory Cajete. Feb. 2014

We tell stories to make sense of everyday life and communicate to others who we are.

Narrative Analysis by Vanessa May "We are narrative beings... we need narratives... fundamental to who we are... Narrative Identity... how organizations make sense of the world ... in policy documents We make sense of the world through the stories we tell... Narrative can be text or can be physical, like dance performance, or numerical. Numbers tell stories, as well. ... Narratives are everywhere. You cannot get away from Narratives. ... Who gets to tell the narrative of a nation. Narratives are linked into structures of power... Narratives are ... not just stories... Narratives matter. It matters how we tell stories about the world, who tells them, and in what way"

There is a constant narrative going on in our heads and we are telling our Living Story in a Web of others' Living Stories. The Grand Narratives give coherence to our experience, and to fit into grander frameworks. The Agent's Living Story Web is local, grounded. The Grand Narrative seeks the universal, the abstract, and the general. The Grand Narratives and the Living Story Web are in dialectic relation in Agent networks, and change across spacetime in relation to materialisms.

This course will examine and analyze the internal and external dynamics of OSC from a variety of philosophical perspectives I (Boje, 2014) call Pragmatic COPE [please hover over for definition to appear]. However, the main purpose is to provide graduate students with an overview of the historical, on going theoretical debates, and qualitative research in OSC. This is an advanced qualitative methods course in ABM, in macro History and Micro-Behavior of OSC within Complex Social, Political, Economic, Cultural, Philosophic, and Ecological contexts that are themselves interactive forming the basis of complexity science of systemicity. In this course, we will contrast three very old schools of systems theory: (1) the naïve US school of systems theory, (2) the General Systems Theory School (GST), and (3) the Language School of Systems Theory (hover over for short discussion) with the COPE-pragmatic systemicity analysis methods.  CANVAS discussions will be developing the transition of systems to complexity theory to your own area of expertise and to your Jorunal-Project-writings, so be prepared.

Course Objectives:

  1. To acquire a thorough understanding of the Pragmatic COPE [please hover over for definition to appear]OSC Theory, with special focus this term on Critical Ontology analysis
  1. To develop a 'Critical Pragmatic Ontologic' (hover over for short definitions) appreciation of the historical roots of OSC field
  1. To examine the classic schools of OSC including 'Central Debates in the OSC Literature.' (hover over for short list) and write potentially publishable journal article on 'critical ontology' of OSC.
  1. To explore the strengths and weakness of the main OSC theoretical approaches and acquaint you with multiple levels of analysis and advanced qualitative methods for empirical research in this field in a potentially-publishable journal article (ready for submission).
  1. To review professional, ethical, legal, cross-cultural, and sustainability issues related to OSC of 'critical ontology' Praxis.
  1. To develop new researchable theories and ideas, including your own pragmatic-critical-ontologic theory of OSC Theory in weekly Canvas discussion answers as basis for writing an article together
  1. To examine your own participation and embededness in OSC 'critical' ontology, to understand how it impacts on you and your work with Others in ontico-ontologic ways. To become adept at practicing assessment of the Sustainability of OSC [please hover over for definition to appear]
  1. In sum, our task is to arrive at the primordial experience of OSC in an ontological standpoint of its positive possibilities of Being, while shaking off the 'social constructivism' traditions of the obscured schemata of open systems thinking treated as self-evident categories that have neglected the problem of Being in-space, in-time, and in-materialisms


Please review Study Guides for 655 when preparing your Canvas answers

Course Requirements:

1) To read assigned chapters from texts
2) To make CANVAS discussion answers to two questions in syllabus each session, and posed/modified in class (Credit for post of your two answers in CANVAS with 24 hours following the class meeting)
3) To engage in Professional class participation including several office visits with instructor to discuss learning, get feedback, give constructive feedback, make learning a success for self and others
4) Do project research, writing, and revisions; Produce publishable-quality possible article to submit to a journal.
5) Work with the instructor to create a successful classroom learning experience for Self and Others in 'critical' ontological research theory and methods.
6) Complete course evaluation at conclusion of the course (deduct 20% of grade if NOT completed)

7) Get your IRB certificate for this course since you may decide you want some interviews (not required). To begin the online course, please click here and follow the instructions (save a copy of your certificate so we can amend our IRB and add you to it). This is in case you do any interviews or observations involving any human subjects. The course is designed to do a theory journal article write up and a qualitative data analysis using only archival (perhaps mostly on line) texts (therefore need not have interviews or field observations).

In addition to your individual two-project journal article write ups (one on theory, another on archival analysis of texts) for great journals, you will have your individual and Canvas Discussions (1 page each answer to each question) that I hope you will make especially relevant and practical for your individual fields of study.

Course Format

You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss scheduled readings. Please bring your Heidegger (1962) book to class Also see searchable online text). To help this outcome recur, you are required to submit a brief (one page) Canvas memo entry for each week's readings. I strongly encourage you to begin this before the class meeting, with reflection on the critical discussion of readings (note: it is not a summary & not your opinions), rather push the state of knowledge or method in the field, challenging weak theory with new formulations, next steps, philosophical questions, your own reflexive introspection (such as life story examples), and/or researching examples in Google Scholar, and other sources.

During each class, I will give an overview of the readings of the day. I will help you have time to reflect and discuss the questions posed. I will invite students at random to open the critical -ontologic reflexive and/or pragmatic philosophical discussion based upon what they read before class. This can be based on notes of the initial draft of Canvas entry that is due midnight the day following class meeting. Instead of summarizing the readings, bring out debates in the field, unanswered research questions, examples of praxis that need improvement.

You will get the most out of each class by turning off your lap tops, cell phones, and actively participating in the Here and Now of class discussions. Print out your notes ahead of time. Share in the learning experience by being prepared, having read several of the readings on the syllabus, being ready to take the lead in opening a discussion. 25% of your grade is on the Canvas discussion entries. Another 25% is on your active and constructive, professional participation.

At the end of class, I will briefly summarize the next batch of readings. As the term progresses, more time will go to working on the two Journal-projects.

Two Project Requirements

Project one THEORY-JOURNAL-ARTICLE- each student develops a pragmatic-critical-ontologic OSC theory for submission to Academy of Management Review (for students not in Management, other journals may substitute). Theory Project must be pre-approved by instructor. Please develop a review of critical ontology OSC literature (not a summary) from one or more weeks course material, extend that material with additional sources to final term Journal-theory-project. Includes dialogue with articles form Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Organization Science, Human Relations, etc. If you deviate form archival data, in the Qualitative Data Collection of the Journal Project, you will need a university IRB that must be approved in consultation with the instructor. In AMR there is no data collection or analysis, as of May 25 2014 there are 132 articles mentioning "Systems Theory", and including words 'pragmatic' or 'pragmatism' only 14 articles. To help you, here are some searches of relevant publications connecting ontologic-pragmatism and systems theory in various ways.

Most cited articles mentioning "Systems Theory" (132 total in AMR):

Mitchell, Ronald K., Bradley R. Agle, and Donna J. Wood. (1997). "Toward a theory of stakeholder identification and salience: Defining the principle of who and what really counts." Academy of Management Review 22.4: 853-886. cited 5854 times.

Daft, Richard L., and Karl E. Weick. (1984). "Toward a model of organizations as interpretation systems." Academy of management review 9.2: 284-295. cited 4,582 times.

Most cited that include 'pragmatic' or 'pragmatism' only (14 total in AMR)

Mitchell et al (1997).

Suchman, Mark C. "Managing legitimacy: Strategic and institutional approaches." Academy of management review 20.3 (1995): 571-610. cited times.

AMR articles with Ontology and pragmatic or pragmatism (28)

Most cited is: Gladwin, Thomas N., James J. Kennelly, and Tara-Shelomith Krause (1995). "Shifting paradigms for sustainable development: Implications for management theory and research.Academy of management Review 20.4 (1995): 874-907. cited 1243 times.

And only 3 articles in AMR with ontology, pragmatic OR pragmatism "systems theory"

Gladwin et al (1995)

Parkhe, Arvind. (1993). "“Messy” research, methodological predispositions, and theory development in international joint ventures.Academy of Management review 18.2 (1993): 227-268.

Chanin, Michael N., and Harris J. Shapiro. "Dialectical inquiry in strategic planning: Extending the boundaries." Academy of Management Review10.4 (1985): 663-675.

Heidegger is mentioned in 13 AMR articles

Sandberg, Jörgen, and Haridimos Tsoukas (2011). "Grasping the logic of practice: Theorizing through practical rationality." Academy of Management Review36.2 (2011): 338-360.

In other management/organization journals Heidegger is mentioned 269 in Strategy as Practice articles

Chia, Robert, and Brad MacKay. (2007). "Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice." Human relations 60.1: 217-242.

Vaara, Eero, and Richard Whittington. (2012). "Strategy-as-practice: taking social practices seriously." The Academy of Management Annals 6.1: 285-336.

Feldman, Martha S., and Wanda J. Orlikowski. (2011). "Theorizing practice and practicing theory." Organization Science 22.5: 1240-1253.

Simpson, Barbara. (2009). "Pragmatism, Mead and the practice turn." Organization Studies 30.12: 1329-1347.

Heidegger with both pragmatism "strategy as practice" reduces the list to 129

Heidegger pragmatism "systems theory" "strategy as practice" reduces it to 25.

Vaara, Eero, and Richard Whittington. (2012). "Strategy-as-practice: taking social practices seriously." The Academy of Management Annals 6.1: 285-336.

Chia, Robert, and Brad MacKay. (2007). "Post-processual challenges for the emerging strategy-as-practice perspective: Discovering strategy in the logic of practice." Human relations 60.1: 217-242.

More reading on this topic: Boje, David M., and Rohny Saylors. (2014). "An Ontological Perspective on Process." Pp. 197-218 in François Cooren, Eero Vaara, Ann Langley, Haridimos Tsouka (Eds.) Language and Communication at Work: Discourse, Narrativity, and Organizing. London: Oxford University Press.


This is an analysis of existing web or other archive material, such as annual reports, company website, non-profit web-sites, manuals, etc. It must be a sophisticated and rigorous qualitative analysis. Please pre-approve the project with instructor. The developmental work in the JOURNAL-THEORY article can be input to the application in the ANALYSIS-ARTICLE for possible submission.

Grading Scholarly and Professional Performance Outcomes

   Final Grade:
            1)25% THEORY JOURNAL Project paper              
            2)25% Qualitative ANALYSIS JOURNAL Project paper
            3)25% for professional contributions to success of class
            4)25% for on time, Canvas Discussion of two weekly questions and doing your peer-comments on other's answers
            5)1 excused absence allowed. 4% loss for every other absence; 4% loss for each missed CANVAS assignment answers.
             6) Not completing a course evaluation will result in 10% lower grade (in short, please don't forget it)  

A - Excellent Outstanding Journal-Article write ups, CANVAS write ups of answers to questions posed in class; Demonstrates superior understanding of ontological qualitative method and theory. On time peer-feedback comments on their answers to CANVAS questions. Excellent participation in instructor's discussion of readings; makes contribution to success of course; work makes sound contribution to our class. Meets with instructor in office hours (or appointment), periodically to discuss teaching/learning process and outcomes. Is able use critical thinking in a convivial and professional manner. Open to learning new paradigms, new ontologies, new epistemologies, and new methodologies of systemicity study. Contributes ideas to instructor and peers that make the class more effective for all.

B - Submits good write ups of Journal-Article Projects (one of which is outstanding), keep up with discussion, makes contributions, and has above average understanding of ontologic-pragmatic method and theory; is contributing actively to the success of the course; good contribution to the success of our class and a harmonious convivial atmosphere. Does on time peer comments on their answer. Is open to learning new theories and methods. Met at least once with instructor in office hours (or appointment), periodically to discuss teaching/learning process and outcomes. Works to make class better for all.

C - The Journal-project write ups are average, or one is below average; does not keep up with Canvas write ups, is not concerned with ontological inquiry, does not make as important a contribution in their Journal-Project writing. Is closed to new ideas, new paradigms, and cannot go outside narrow self-interests of scholarship. Forgets to be on time with peer comments on their answers. Had problems or a petulant, querulous, fractious, or disgruntled attitude with class, or instruction, and did not meet with instructor to discuss and problem solve. Is only able to learn theories and methods that have direct utility to self-interests. Does not help instructor or peers make this an excellent experience for all.

D - In class - seems distracted, is not prepared, CANVAS sometimes late, the contribution to Journal-project is not substantial. Had problems with class, or an attitude (see above) to instruction, but did not bother to go to instructor in office hours or appointment to address their concerns. Wastes class' and instructor's time trying not to learn, defending not reading, not writing, not participating in constructive manner. Does not do 2 or more peer comments on their answers.

F - Failure to participate in class, and non-performance CANVAS and/or Journal-writing projects (did not pull weight); or just plagiarism; or very disruptive in class, including on cell phone, texting during discussion or lecture time, distracted, and a distraction to others and/or to the instructor that is relentless. Had problems with class, or developed an attitude (see above) to instruction, but did not bother to go to instructor in office hours or appointment to directly work out concerns.

            Point Spread for Grade Determination
92.1    to    100  = A                  78     to     79.9 = B-
            90       to      92               = A-                 75     to     77.9 = C+
            85       to      89.9   = B+             70     to     74.9 = C
            80       to      84.9   = B               68     to     69.9 = C-



REQUIRED BOOKS are abbreviated in schedule at SO and NM (respectively).



BE- Heidegger's Being & Time; QCT Heidegger's Question Concerning Technology; STO - The Storytelling Organization book (Sage, 2008) - Order it on line at Amazon


Boje, D. M. (2014). SoPQ Storytelling Organizational Practices: Managing in the Quantum Age. London: Routledge. The book is featured on our website here: and will feature in relevant upcoming catalogues and leaflets. See book flyer for discount information

Boje, D. M. (2008). STO Storytelling Organizations. London: Sage.

Bauman, Z. (2010). Liquid Times: Living in an Age of Uncertainty. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

Lefebvre, H. (2004). Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life. NY: Continuum.

Heidegger, M. (1962). Being and Time. Translated by John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson. NY: Harper Row. 1927 in German, 1962 English translation. see searchable text)


Kötke, William H. (2007) The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future by Wm. H. Kötke (Nov 26, 2007)

Boje, David M. (2008). Critical Theory Ethics for Business & Public Administration (Information Age, 2008) - Order it on line at Amazon



Heidegger, M. (1962). Being and Time. Translated by John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson. NY: Harper Row. 1927 in German, 1962 English translation. see searchable text)

You can also compare the 1962 and 1996 translations. See --> Heidegger, Marin. (1996). Being and Time. Translated by Joan Stambaugh. NY: State University of New York Press. Downloadable pdf that is NOT searchable

Heidegger, M. (1977). The Question Concerning Technology, trans. William Lovitt. NY: Harper and Row. The Turning. on line QCT version is searchable


HELPFUL ONLINE BOOKS (James, Boje 2013 and any other you choose).

Arendt, Hannah (1958). The Human Condition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Aristotle's Categories

Aristotle's (350 BCE) Nicomachean Ethics (aka Virtue Ethics). Translated by W. D. Ross. Book is fare on lone. On line version 

Aristotle's On the Soul

Aristotle (350 BCE) Physis (check his views on space and time).

Aristotle's Poetics. (350 BCE). Translated by S. H. Butcher.

Aristotle. (350 BCE). Rhetoric. Translated by W. Rhys Roberts

Aristotle (350 BCE) Topics.

Bernstein, R. J. (1989, November). Pragmatism, pluralism and the healing of wounds. In Proceedings and addresses of the American Philosophical Association (pp. 5-18). American Philosophical Association.

Boje, D. M. (2012f). Quantum Storytelling. Free online book (until it gets finished with its revisions, and a publisher calls).

Boje, D. M. (2012g). Quantum Spirals for Organization Consulting online book (until it gets finished with its revisions, and a publisher calls).

Boje, D. M. (2013). Pragmatist Storytelling Philosophy for Management and Organizational Research and Practice. Book in preparation for London: Routledge. Access in drop box.

Deleuze, G.; Guattari, F. (1987). A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Translation & foreword Brian Massumi. University of Minnesota Press.

Derrida, Jacque. (1993). Politics and Friendship.

Dewey, J. (1910). How We Think. Boston/Chicago/NY: D. C. Heath and Company.

Dewey, John. (1929). The Quest for Certainty. GIfford Lectures.

Heidegger, Martin. (1977). A Question Concerning Technology.

Heisenberg, Werner. (1958). Physics and Philosophy.

Hobbes, Thomas. (1651). Leviathan the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill.

James, William. (1907). Pragmatism.

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason (especially section on architectonic systems, as perhaps the earliest approach to systems theory).

Kincheloe, Joe L.; Horn, Raymond A. (Eds, 2007) Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology Vol. 1. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Lyotard, Jean-Francois. (1979/1984). The Postmodern Condition. the English version, a pdf is on line and is searchable.

Mead (1932) The Philosophy of the Present. With Introduction by Arthur E. Murphy and Prefatory Remarks by John Dewey. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press (1932 is based on Mead's 1930 lectures compiled and edited after his death in 1931; 1984 revised edition).

Merleau-Ponty (1962). Phenomenology of Perception

Pierce, Charles Sanders. (1904) New Elements

Rorty, R. (1979). Philosophy and the Mirror of. Nature. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Rorty, R. (1982). Consequences of Pragmatism. University of Minnesota Press. Introduction.

Rorty, R. (1999). Philosophy and Social Hope. Penguin. Introduction

6.      Please read one of these other books:

Boje, D. M. 2001 Narrative Methods for Organizational & Communication Research. London: Sage (should be in books store; if not order from Amazon; paperback)

Heidegger, M. (1992). History of the Concept of Time: Prolegomena. Translated by Theodore Kisiel. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Heidegger, M. (1999). Ontology – The Hermeneutics of Facticity. Translated by John van Buren. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Heidegger, M. (2003). Four Seminars. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.


Not Required, also good choices:

  1. Herbert, Nick (1985).Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics. NY: Anchor Books.

    2. Bourdieu, Pierre. (1991).The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger. CA: Stanford University Press.

    Description: Figure 23 - Slavoj Zizek (2000). Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology. London/NY: Verso.

    3. CTE - Boje, D. M. 2008b. CTE Critical Theory Ethics for Business and Public Administration. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press See Table of Contents

NM - Boje, D. M. 2001 Narrative Methods for Organizational & Communication Research. London: Sage (should be in books store; if not order from Amazon; paperback)

4.      See for the readings we will select for the class.

On Line Resource: Annotated Reference Listing

5. Scott, W. Richard and Gerald Davis. 2007. Organizations and Organizing: Rational, Natural, and Open System Perspectives. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice- Hall

Cited Articles /Chapters in Syllabus

Tarby, Fabien. (2013). A Short Introduction to Alain Badiou's Philosophy. Chapter 6 (pp. 131-154) in Alain Badiou (2013). Philosophy and the Event. Translated by Louise Burchill. Cambridge, UK/Malden, MA: Polity. English 2013, French 2010.


1.Absentee policy: Students with more than two absences will be dropped administratively.  Administrative drops will be processed by the 90 day deadline. Any absence (medical, athletic, or whatever other reason) requires a makeup paper (3 page minimum) based upon the assigned readings. Students who miss class, for any reason must do a make-up (see # 4)


2.  Academic and non-academic misconduct:  rules of classroom behavior: (1) no joint papers; (2) no disrespect to others students or professor (i.e. no blind emails); (3) no plagiarism of others’ work (please use proper references; you are responsible to fully understand what is plagiarism). Grade of “F” will appear for violation of rules 1 to 3. See Student Code of Conduct in the NMSU Student Handbook (


3.  Multiple submissions:  Not legitimate to submit class work in this course that has been submitted in other courses.


4.  Make-up work on CANVAS and/or final paper are due on due date; no exceptions. If you miss a class for some good reason, then you can write a make-up paper (3 to 5 pages) on the readings assigned. Call it distance ed. See absentee policy above.


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8.  Incomplete Grades:  Under university policy, incompletes may be given only if a student has a passing grade at mid-semester (the last day to withdraw from a class) and is precluded from successful completion of the second half of the course by a documented illness, documented death, family crisis or other similar circumstances beyond the student's control.  An incomplete should not be given to avoid assigning a grade for marginal or failing work.  Requirements for removal of the I grade must be clearly stated on the I grade form and a copy of the form must be provided to the student.    It is up to the faculty member to determine whether an incomplete is appropriate.  Incompletes do not automatically convert to F's if the course is not completed.


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10. Students learn the ethics of systems practice and research. This includes following New Mexico State University IRB Human Subjects procedures. Please have anyone doing interviews fill out the following consent form. Please review any material with the client that you intend to appear in any king of conference paper or publication. Training in interviewing about systems is covered under this IRB. For publishing beyond the confines of this course, you will need your own IRB. Please have interviewees complete a Confidentiality Form (copy to be stored in Boje's office, BC 318; give copy to interviewee)

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