Below please find background documents and information about True Storytelling.

We suggest you begin with these two books, both of which introduces you to important aspects of True Storytelling;

Larsen, Jens; Boje, D.M; Bruun, Lena. (2020). True Storytelling: Severn Principles of an Ethical and Sustianable Change-Management Strategy. London: Routledge.

The True Storytelling book is the manifest with model and questions and cases about leadership, sustainability, startup, and coaching. We have the concept (supplemented with the conversation storytelling book and the shell model).

Boje, D. M. & Rosile, Grace Ann. (2020). Doing ‘storytelling science’ for Your Dissertation.  NY: Edwin Elgar Press.

Further Reading


Books on leadership and ethical

“Protreptik – filosofisk coaching i ledelse”, 2008, Forlaget Samfundslitteratur, Co-written with professor Ole Fogh Kirkeby, Copenhagen Business School.

“Det Frivillige Lederskab” 2013, Djøf, chapter co-written with CEO Christian Stadil and Lærke Hein.

“Det Forstandige lederskab”, 2012, Djøf, chapter co-written with CEO Christian Stadil, Hummel and Lærke Hein

Books on storytelling and ethics

“Succes og Brændte Broer”, 2010, Peoples Press, biography Volvo CEO Harry Motor.

“Helle Helle og Naja Marie Aidt – portrætsamtaler”, book for education Gyldendal, 2013

“Kim Fupz og Jesper Wung Sung – portrætsamtaler”, book for education Gyldendal 2016

“Sangskriver – elleve samtaler”, 2002, Lindhardt & Ringhof, interviewbook about creativity and in music

David Boje:  books and research articles about storytelling methods.

Tribal Wisdom and Storytelling

Narrative methods for organizational & communication research

Storytelling organizations

Storytelling Organizational Practices: Managing in the Quantum Age

Critical Theory Ethics for Business and Public Administration

Storytelling and the future of organizations: An antenarrative handbook

Storytelling in Management Practice: Theory, Dynamics and Implications: Managing in the Quantum Age

Organizational Change and Global Standardization: Solutions to Standards and Norms Overwhelming Organizations 

Theaters of Capitalism

Being Quantum: Ontological Storytelling in the Age of Antenarrative (with Henderson)

Organizational Development and Change Theory: Managing Fractal Organizing Processes (with Henderson)

Managerial Psychology Three-Volume Set (with Yochanan Altman & Frank Bournois)

Dance to the Music of Story: Understanding Human Behavior through the Integration of Storytelling and Complexity Thinking (with Baskin)

The Routledge companion to organizational change (with Burnes & Hussard)

Postmodern management and organization theory (with Gephart & Thatchenkerry)

Managing in the postmodern world: America’s revolution against exploitation(with Dennehy)

Passion of Organizing (with friends)

The Thin Book (with friends)

Readings in managerial psychology (with Leavitt & Pondy)

Modules with content on quantum storytelling, qunatum storytelling consulting or heart of care reference the following material:

Boje, D. M. (2012a). Reflections: What does quantum physics of storytelling mean for change management? Journal of Change Management, Vol. 12 (3): 253-271. Click here for pre-press pdf.

Boje, D. M. (2010/2012b) Quantum Storytelling. Free online book (until it gets finished with its revisions, and a publisher calls). Originally December 17, 2010, Quantum Physics of Storytelling

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

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

Boje, D. M. (2014a) Storytelling Organizational Practices: Managing in the quantum age by David M. Boje  ISBN-13: 978-0415815475  ISBN-10: 0415815479; New book released May 7 2014. Routledge book inforomation website; See Reviews for this cover theaters of capitalism See Review

Storytelling in the Global Age makes the point ‘There is No Planet B.’ Organizations can begin to redesign their systems to be in harmony and balance with planetary capacities.

Theaters of Capitalism considers the business world and our current society through the lens of theater and role-playing. David Boje proposes that the prism of theater is adapted to reveal the dynamics of capitalism. His work is firmly grounded in critical studies and, in particular, in critical post-modernism.

‘Sustainability Theater’ is an increasingly popular notion.  For example, Arwa Mahdawi
uses ‘Sustainability Theater’ to tell the story:

How most plastic will never be recycled (The Guardian (Sept 15, 2020)
There is also ‘
Sustainability Innovation Theater‘ done in 2019 Society of Conservation Biology meetings and ‘Sustainability Theater’ presentations at MODEX 2020 packaging meetings. And there are other educational programs on How to Create Sustainable Theater, and Sustainability In Theater. In, short True Storytelling needs to define exactly what it means by ‘Sustainability Theater.’

TSI ‘Sustainable Theater’ is defined here as moving out of greenwash storytelling by applying ‘True Storytelling’ principles, and what Boje (2017) calls ‘conscious capitalism’ using a combination of festival and carnival theater to enact ethical practices. 

Plastic recycling is what Boje (2017) calls ‘Spectacle Theater’ by the plastics and many other industries doing ‘greenwashing’ (pretending to be sustainable, but doing it for PR purposes without making real changes in their supply chains). As Mahdawi (2020) reports, according to a PBS and NPR analysis, only 9% of all plastic ever made will be recycled. 

91% of it goes into land fills or into rivers, lakes, and oceans.

More Boje books and articles here

Grace Ann Rosile :

HISTORY OF ENSEMBLE LEADERSHIP: Grace Ann Rosile & David Boje (with Claw) studied Ancient Mesoamerican & Southwest US indigenous TOGETHER LEADERSHIP PRACTICES to develop an ensemble storytelling theory in Leadership Journal

Rosile, G. A., M Boje, D., & Claw, C. M. (2018). Ensemble leadership theory: Collectivist, relational, and hierarchical roots from indigenous contexts. Leadership Journal14(3), 307-328.

[Ensemble] storytelling is sustained in a place, over time, as material resources are enacted with the storytelling practices” (2018: p. 317).

Then Rosile & Boje researched a contemporary example in ways ENSEMBLE LEADERSHIP had transformed 14 SUPPLY CHAINS of

WAL-MART, McDonald’s, Burger King, Aramark, Sodexo, Ben & Jerry’s, etc.

Ensemble Storytelling Processes of Worker-Driven Corporate Social Responsibility resulted in an end to modern day slavery by ethical practices of Ensemble Leadership approach in adaptive alliances of consumer groups into CONVERSATIONAL STORYTELLING With CORPORATE SUPPLY CHAINS

Boje & Rosile (& colleagues) published the case in Business and Society Journal

Rosile, G. A., Boje, D. M., Herder, R. A., & Sanchez, M. (2020). The Coalition of Immokalee Workers uses ensemble storytelling processes to overcome enslavement in corporate supply chains. Business & Society, 0007650320930416. (More)