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Management humor: Asset or liability?

Wood, R.E.; Beckmann, N.; Rossiter, J.R.

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R.E. Wood

J.R. Rossiter


Should managers deliberately employ humor to persuade and motivate staff? A framework is presented for analyzing the role of humor in managerial communications. The framework includes the presenter, recipient, message, and medium and elaborates cognitive and emotional reactions to humor by recipients. The framework is applied to analyses of the likely impacts of humor in problem solving and creativity. Facilitators and constraints for the effects of humor in managerial communications are discussed.


Wood, R., Beckmann, N., & Rossiter, J. (2011). Management humor: Asset or liability?. Organizational Psychology Review, 1(4), 316-338.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 1, 2011
Deposit Date Oct 5, 2011
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2012
Journal Organizational Psychology Review
Print ISSN 2041-3866
Electronic ISSN 2041-3874
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 4
Pages 316-338
Keywords Managerial humor, Cognitive–affective variables, Communication, Persuasion, Problem solving, Creativity.


Accepted Journal Article (241 Kb)

Copyright Statement
Wood, R.E., Beckmann, N. & Rossiter, J.R. (2011). Management humor: Asset or liability? Organizational Psychology Review 1(4): 316-338. Copyright © The Author(s) 2011. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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