Humor at work: using humor to study organizations as a social process

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Title: Humor at work: using humor to study organizations as a social process
Author: Lynch, Owen Hanley
Abstract: Humor is usually associated with trivial or non -serious banter ; it is however a significant factor in the construction of organizational culture . This work provides an experience based organizational account of how organizations are produced and reproduced , as well as how organizational interaction is coupled with structure . This dissertation is based on two ethnographic studies : the first , a year -long study of a hotel kitchen , and the second , a three -year study of a private boarding school . This long term examination of an organization ? ?s interaction is used to illustrate how organizational interaction produces the duality of organizational structuration overtime . An ethnographic communication -focused approach provides methods for recognizing multiple sites and levels of the Structuration process . As a result , this approach provides a major contribution to understanding the process of Structuration through agents ? ? actions in the context of their organizational culture .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2390
Date: 2005-08-29

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Humor at work: using humor to study organizations as a social process. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2390 .

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