Humour, Work and Organization

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Robert Westwood, Carl Rhodes
Routledge, Feb 1, 2013 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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Accessible and amusing in style, Humour, Work and Organization explores the critical, subversive and ambivalent character of humour, work and comedy as it relates to organizations and organized work. It examines the various individual, organizational, social and cultural means through which humour is represented, deployed, developed, used and understood.

Considering the relationship between humour and organization in a nuanced and radical way and this book takes the view that humour and comedy are pervasive and highly meaningful aspects of human experience.

The richness and complexity of this relationship is examined across three related domains. They are:

  • how humour is constructed, enacted and responded to in organizational settings
  • how organizations and work are represented comedically in various types of popular culture media
  • how humour is used in organizations where there is a more explicit relationship between the comedic and work.

An exciting and controversial text, Humour, Work and Organization will appeal to students of all levels as well as anyone interested the full complexities of human interactions in the workplace.


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1 Humour and the study of organizations
PART I Theorizing humour organization and work
PART II Humour in organizations
PART III Humour of organizations
PART IV The organization of humour

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Robert Westwood is Reader/Associate Professor at the University of Queensland Business School. He is the co-editor of "The Language of Organization" (2001), "Hong Kong Management and Labour: Continuity and Change" (1999) and the editor of "Organizational Behaviour: Southeast Asian Perspectives" (1992). Westwood is also an associate editor of the journal "Culture and Organisation" and on the editorial board of "Organization Studies,"

Stewart Clegg is Professor of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author or editor of many books, including "Frameworks of Power" (1989), "Modern Organizations" (1990) and the "Handbook of Organization Studies" (1996), which won the George R. Terry Book Award of the American Academy of Management for 'most outstanding contribution to management knowledge' in 1997.

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