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.
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 (Fachhochschule Dortmund, Germany), Barbara Plester (University of Auckland, New Zeland), Brett Mills (University of East Anglia, UK), and Sibe Doosje (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands). The group is informal and all but exclusive, so feel free to contact me to join!
Although sometimes when one writes about humor the ‘bibliography’ looks a little like the one on the picture above, you will be surprised how many relevant publications is there about humor in the organizational settings. Enjoy and I do hope it’ll be of use to many of you, dear readers:
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Goodman, J. (1995). Laffirmations: 1001 ways to add humor to your life and work. Deerfield Beach (FL, USA): Health Communications.
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Holmes, J. (2006). Sharing a laugh: Pragmatic aspects of humor and gender in the workplace. Journal of Pragmatics, 38, 26-50.
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