This book provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art on the adaptive and maladaptive functions of humor. Humor is inescapable in our daily interactions - also at the work place. Affiliative, self-enhancing, self-deprecating and aggressive humor can all occur at work and have unique and sometimes ambiguous effects. The volume presents humor research on five important workplace topics: teams, leadership, negotiation, learning, and health. It combines and integrates research from a range of fields, including work and organizational psychology, social psychology, communication, linguistics and sociology. In highlighting research gaps and stating future research questions, the book provides a sufficient starting point for further research on humor in relation to the aforementioned topics. For practitioners, recommendations are provided specific to each area.
Preface.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: A Short Notice on Humor Definitions and Measurements.- Chapter 3: Humor in Teams.- Chapter 4: Humor in Leadership.- Chapter 5: Humor in Negotiations.- Chapter 6: Humor in Training.- Chapter 7: Humor in Health. Chapter 8: Emerging Topics for Humor Research and Practice.- Index.- Glossary.- References.