Organizational and management research publications on humor

This quick post is perhaps not as interesting nor exciting as most of the posts on this blog are (at least I hope they are). It is, to put it bluntly, a list over publications related to studies of humor in the organizational and management context: it function for the work environment, team dynamics, performance, motivation, in leading people, etc., etc. A bibliography.   This bibliography is a result of putting together resources used by a group of humor scholars particularly interested in the topic of organizational/management studies. This group, which I’m a proud member of, was formed for the occasion of the International Society of Humor Studies conference held in Utrecht earlier this year. Others are: Henri M. de Jongste (...

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Humor but not humiliation: finding the sweet spot in nonviolent conflict resolution – guest article by Michael Nagler and Karen Ridd

This article was originally published in the Transformation section of on 7th May 2014 (source). Humor can be used to compete against powerful opponents by ridiculing them and thus making them less threatening. It was often the case for how people fought against totalitarian regimes: caricature, cabaret and stand-up comedy were their weapon. But is ridicule the best strategy when one’s face to face with his persecutor, in a life-threatening situation? In their article “Humor but not humiliation: finding the sweet spot in nonviolent conflict resolution”, Micheal Nagler and Karen Ridd share powerful stories and insights into how strong an effect the inclusive, ‘affiliative’ humor can have; and how it can add to conflict...

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A brief introduction to the benign violation theory of humor – guest post by Dr Peter McGraw

In this short post,  Dr Peter McGraw introduces his universal  theory of humor called the benign violation theory. The theory draws to a certain degree on the notion of  incongruity, present in other cognitive theories of humor appreciation. The post was originally published on the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) blog by Dr McGraw in September 2010. Both the theory and its author has gone on a long journey since – both academically and literally: Dr McGraw, together with  a journalist Joel Warner, went on a “far-reaching search for the secret behind humor”, which resulted in a book published recently  under a somewhat enigmatic title:  The Humor Code. Find more about and order the book on Dr Peter McGraw and Joel...

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Conferences, open courses, summer schools and other humor psychology events about to happen:

AATH Annual Conference – Stayin’ Alive: Keeping Your Brain Healthy & Active With Humor! – 28th to 31st May, 2015, Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA