Humour

The comic organization

Introduction

The comic organization

This issue of ephemera explores the role of humour and laughter in society and organization. Joking practices – such as clowning, bantering, horseplay, pranks and lampooning – are a part of all workplaces, not to mention everyday life. But the meaning and significance of humour at work is by no means uncontested: humour serves variously as a coping mechanism, a subversive strategy and a management tool in contemporary organizations.

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31 Dec 2013
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Issue editors: Nick Butler, Casper Hoedemaekers and Dimitrinka Stoyanova

The study of humour has become a prevalent theme in organization studies over the last few decades (Westwood and Rhodes, 2007; Bolton and Houlihan, 2009). This is perhaps unsurprising as joking practices are a part of all workplaces, not to mention everyday life. Studies have documented the prevalence of clowning, horseplay, pranks, satire, ridicule and lampooning in a variety of settings and at every level in the organizational hierarchy (Ackroyd and Thompson, 1999). But while joking practices are certainly pervasive, the meaning and significance of humour at work is by no means uncontested: humour is said to serve variously as a coping mechanism, a subversive strategy and a management tool in contemporary organizations. Starting from this basis, the Special Issue seeks to explore the ‘inescapable ambiguity of humour’ (Kenny and Euchler, 2012: 307) in relation to the world of work.

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