joking practices

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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