Humor at Work in Teams, Leadership, Negotiations, Learning and Health

  • Tabea Scheel
  • Christine Gockel

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tabea Scheel, Christine Gockel
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christine Gockel, Laura Vetter
    Pages 47-63
  4. Tabea Scheel
    Pages 79-94
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 135-143

About this book


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.


Conceptualizations and Definitions of Humor Functions of Humor Humor in Leadership Humor in Negotiations Humor in Teams Humor in Training

Authors and affiliations

  • Tabea Scheel
    • 1
  • Christine Gockel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Work and Organizational PsychologyFernUniversitaet in HagenHagenGermany
  2. 2.SRH University of Applied SciencesBerlinGermany

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