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Course Objectives:

To examine the classic Organization Systems schools ofO including 'Central Debates in the OSC Literature.' (hover over for short list) and write potentially publishable journal article on 'critical ontology' of OSC.

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).

To review professional, ethical, legal, cross-cultural, and sustainability issues related to OSC of 'critical ontology' Praxis.

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

To develop a 'Critical Pragmatic Ontologic' (hover over for short definitions) appreciation of the historical roots of OSC field

To develop new researchable theories and ideas, including your own pragmatic-critical-ontologic theory of OSC Theory in weekly Homework discussion answers as basis for writing an article together

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


A - Excellent Outstanding Term Project write ups, Homework write ups of answers to questions posed in class; Excellent references, starting with those from folder in Homework with article on our focus topic, Fractal Change Management. Demonstrates superior understanding of ontological qualitative method and theory. On time peer-feedback comments on their answers to Homework 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 up of Term Project, 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 Term project write up is average, or slightly below average; does not keep up with Homework 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, Homework sometimes late, the contribution to term-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 Homework and/or Term project (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-


. How do we break out of thes patterns that are so very unsustainable? "Change your food change your life" (Finley, YouTube)

We are all connected! How to Change your Fractal a handout by Dr. Tonya Henderson.

Watch Tonya Henderson TEDx talk, The Fractal Challenge. Fractal Storytelling is about the patterns of various kinds of fractals that form organizational behavior and habits. For example, when the economy spirals out of control, or spirals upward into more stable increases.

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I am developing an Embodied Restorying Lab at NMSU. Embodied Restorying is a method for diagnosing the constraining 'dominant narrative' of an organization, and developing 'little wow moments' of exception that can be assembled into a 'new story' a new antenarrative pathway to a different future than the organization was on in its environment.See Boje's video ‘Quantum Storytelling’ on YouTube and articles (Rosile, 2007; Rosile & Boje, 2002). Boje is affiliated as Honorary Doctorate with the lab in Denmark for Material Storytelling at Aalborg University, founded by Dr. Anete Mikkala Camille Strand (2012).

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


1. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs TED Talk YouTube


Past Examples In 2012, we worked as a class to bring about change in 'sustainability' at NMSU by interviewing leaders on campus, attending meetings of Sustainability Council, submitting our proposals to the President, Provost, and VP of Research, and submitted our work for publication.

In 2008, we did an Arts Convention for Las Cruces. As we get going we will discuss our collective interests, and find a project that suits us all. As the term proceeds you will collect storytelling using 'ontological' protocols' (asking 'how' questions about the future), 'retrospective protocols (asking 'what' happened questions about the past), and doing some 'conversation analysis' and 'action analysis' of in situ real spacetimemattering storytelling.




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o         Incompletes ("I" grades): Given for passable work that could not be completed due to circumstances beyond the student's control (e.g., severe illness, death in the immediate family). These circumstances must have developed after the last day to withdraw from the course. Requests for "I" grades should be made to the instructor, but must be approved by the Management Department Head.

o         Withdrawals: It is the responsibility of the student to know important dates such as University drop dates; last day to withdraw with a W is March 16. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the student to officially withdraw from any class that he or she intends to drop.

o         Cheating: Cheating will not be tolerated. Punishment for those caught cheating will be an 'F' in the course. The person will also be subject to further sanctions as indicated in the student code of conduct. This includes plagarism. NMSU’s policy on plagarism.  This appears to be a growing problem. It is fairly easy to Google excerpts from papers to check for plagiarism. If you find any cases, refer to the Academic Misconduct pages in the undergraduate (p. 21) or graduate (p.15) catalog.  Thank you for your assistance on this matter.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have (or believe you have) a disability & would benefit from classroom accommodation(s), contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at Corbett Center , Room 244 (Phone 646-6840; TTY 646-1918). All medical info is treated confidentially. Do not wait until you receive a failing grade. Retroactive accommodations cannot be considered. Information, instructions & forms from the Services for Students with Disabilities Office are online at Accommodations: SSD Office, 646-6840 ( Corbett Center , room 244); Discrimination: Office for Institutional Equity, 646-3635, McLoughlin House.

Feel free to call the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) Office at 575-646-6840 or email at with any questions you may have on student issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act).  Students requesting accommodations and/or services relating to a disability may seek assistance from the SAS Office located in Corbett Center, Room 244.   All medical information will be treated confidentially.  If you have already registered, please make sure that your instructor receives a copy of the accommodation memorandum from SAS within the first two weeks of classes. It is your responsibility to inform either your instructor or a SAS representative in a timely manner if services/accommodations provided are not meeting your needs.

Questions regarding NMSU’s Non-discrimination Policy and discrimination complaints should be referred to Gerard Nevarez, Office of Institutional Equity, 575-646-3635. 


Student Responsibilities

1.       Within a few days of the start of the semester, register with SSD & obtain forms.

2.       Within the first 2 weeks of beginning of classes (or within 1 week of the date services are to commence), deliver the completed forms to the instructor(s).

3.       Within 5 days of giving the forms to faculty & at least 1 week before any scheduled exam, retrieve the signed forms from faculty & return them to SSD.

4.       Contact the SSD Office if services/accommodations requested are not being provided, not meeting your needs, or additional accommodations are needed.


Faculty Responsibilities

1.       Within five 5 working days after student gives you the forms, sign them, retain a copy, & return originals to the student.

2.       Contact SSD immediately if there are any questions or disputes regarding accommodation(s), disruptive behavior, etc.

3.       Refer the student to SSD for any additional accommodations.



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 Homework 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.


5. NMSU and the individual members of its faculty, staff, and student body recognize their responsibility for protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. Please read and understand the NMSU human subjects guidelines.


6. Disabilities/Employee Relations: Call the Director of Institutional Equity at 505.646.3635 with any questions you may have about NMSU's Non-Discrimination Policy & complaints of discrimination, including sexual harassment. Call the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at 505.646.6840 regarding student issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All medical information will be treated confidentially.

7.  Final Exams:  The dates for final exams are published in the NMSU course schedule each semester.  The date or time at which the final is offered may not be changed without the unanimous approval of students in the course as well as the approval of the department head.  No exam given during the week before Finals Week may be more than one class period in length.


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.


9.  Record Retention:  Instructors or their departments are required to keep grade books or computer records of students' scores, the course grading record, attendance records (when absences are penalized), etc. for two years.  In cases involving grade appeals, records should be kept for at least two years after the appeal is adjudicated.


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)

NMSU is a recipient of federal funds and the following notice to students is included on the class syllabus:

Class Syllabus Notice:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) covers issues relating to disability and accommodations. If a student has questions or needs an accommodation in the classroom (all medical information is treated confidentially), contact:Trudy Luken, Director Student Accessibility Services (SAS) - Corbett Center, Rm. 244 Phone: (575) 646-6840 E-mail: Website:

NMSU policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation and protected veterans status. Furthermore, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination to include sexual misconduct: sexual violence (sexual assault, rape), sexual harassment and retaliation.

Please notify your instructor, David M. Boje, immediately if you are the recipient of any discrimination.

For more information on discrimination issues, Title IX, Campus SaVE Act, NMSU Policy Chapter 3.25, NMSU's complaint process, or to file a complaint contact: Gerard Nevarez, Title IX Coordinator Agustin Diaz, Title IX Deputy Coordinator Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) - O'Loughlin House, 1130 University Avenue Phone: (575) 646-3635 E-mail: Website:

Other NMSU Resources:

NMSU Police Department: (575) 646-3311

NMSU Police Victim Services: (575) 646-3424

NMSU Counseling Center: (575) 646-2731

NMSU Dean of Students: (575) 646-1722

For Any On-campus Emergencies: 911