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Humor and Laughter in Japanese Business Meetings

  • Kazuyo Murata
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Part of the Communicating in Professions and Organizations book series (PSPOD)

Abstract

The present study explores the manifestations of humor and laughter in business meetings in three different workplaces in Japan, employing Communities of Practice (CofP) and Relational Practice as the conceptual frameworks. The key findings of the qualitative analysis include that (1) during an “on-stage” or official phase, where participants are acting based on their meeting roles, those who are in authority or in charge of the interaction or meeting initiated the humor, and other members added to it with humorous utterances and/or responded with laughter; (2) during an “off-stage” or unofficial phase, those who are not in authority also instigated humor; and (3) there are many occurrences of laughter that are not associated with humor but rather serve to defuse tension.

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Acknowledgments

This study was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 15K02538 and 24652088. I appreciate those who allowed their business meetings to be recorded.

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  • Kazuyo Murata
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  1. 1.Ryūkoku UniversityKyōtoJapan

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