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Westwood / Rhodes Humour, Work and Organization



1. Auflage 2006, 320 Seiten, Gebunden, Format (B × H): 156 mm x 234 mm, Gewicht: 590 g
ISBN: 978-0-415-38412-4
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd


Westwood / Rhodes Humour, Work and Organization

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.

Weitere Infos & Material


Part 1: Theorizing Humour, Organization and Work
1. Introduction: Humour and the Study of Organizations (Robert Westwood & Carl Rhodes)
2. Humour as Practically Enacted Theory, or, Why Critics Should Tell More Jokes(Simon Critchley)
3.Humour and Violation (Heather Höpfl)
Part 2: Humour in Organizations
4. Theory as Joke (Robert Westwood)
5. The Little Book of Management Bollocks and the Culture of Organization (Martin Parker)
6.'Don't Get Me Wrong, it's fun here, but.' Ambivalence and Paradox in a 'fun' work environment (Sam Warren and Stephen Fineman)
7.Representing the Unrepresentable: Gender, humour and organization (Allanah Johnston, Dennis Mumby & Robert Westwood)
8. Humourin Workplace Meetings: Challenging hierarchies (Meredith Marra)
Part 3: Humourof Organization
9.Representing d'Other: The grotesque body and masculinity at work in The Simpsons (Carl Rhodes & Alison Pullen)
10. Heidegger's Unfunny and the Academic Text (Damian O'Doherty)
11. The Comedy of Ethics (Stephen Linstead)
Part 4: The Organization of Humour
12.Advertising: The organizational production of humour (Donncha Kavanagh & Don O'Sullivan)
13. Grotesque Humour Regeneration of McDonaldization and McDonaldland(David M. Boje, Yue Cal-Hillon, Grace-Ann Rosile & Esther R. Thomas)
14. The Staging of Humour (Robert Westwood)


Westwood, Robert
Robert Westwood is Reader in Organisation Studies at the University of Queensland Business School.

Carl Rhodes is Associate Professor of Organization Studies in the School of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
David M. Boje is Professor, and former Robert Owens Anderson Professor in Business Administration in the Management Department at New Mexico State University. His main research is the interplay of story, strategy and systemicity. He has published articles in The Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, Management Communication Quarterly, Organization Studies, Leadership Quarterly, and other fine journals. He is President of Standing Conference for Management and Organization Inquiry (sc'moi), editor of the journal Tamara, and associate editor for Qualitative Research in Organization and Management (QROM). He serves on thirteen other editorial boards.

Yue Cai-Hillon is lecturer in the Management Department at New Mexico State University. Her teaching and research interest include global strategic competence, storytelling/narrative strategy, business consulting, and organizational behavior. She has published a number of articles in journals such as: Metamorphosis, Tamara Journal, and Culture and Organization. She is a member of the Academy of Management, as well as an active board member of Sc'MOI. Her current research involves the reconciliation of the predominant western strategy paradigm with the ancient traditions of the east.

Simon Critchley is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and at the nUiversity of Essex. During 2006-7, he is a Getty Scholar in Los Angeles. He is author of many books, On Humour (Routledge, 2002) has been translated into 8 languages. His next book is called Infinitely Demanding, forthcoming from verso

Stephen Fineman Professor of Organizational Behavior and Head of Research in the School of Management, University of Bath. Recent interests focus on emotion in organizations, especially critical approaches. Publications include Understanding Emotion at Work (Sage, 2001), Emotion in Organizations, 2nd Edition (Sage, 2000) and Organizing and Organizations, 3rd Edition (Sage, 2005).

Heather Höpfl is Professor of Management at the University of Essex, UK. She has worked as a school-teacher, a tour manager for a touring repertory company and in the RD department of a large engineering company. She is editor, with Robert Westwood, of Culture and Organization, a former chair of SCOS, Visiting Professor at UvH Utrecht and the University of South Australia. She is interested in poststructuralist approaches to organizations, in theatre and performance and she has published widely in these areas. Recent relevant articles include 'Hitchcock's Vertigo and the Tragic Sublime', in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, 'Organizations and the Mouth of Hell', in Culture and Organization, and, with Georg Schreyoegg, a special issue of Organization Studies, on Theatre and Organizations.

Allanah Johnson is doing her PhD in the School of Business at the University of Queensland. Her thesis explores how humour is implicated in processes of gender identity construction within organizations. She is also interested in the theorisation and practices of consumer culture, critical approaches to emotions in organizations and the organization of aesthetics. Currently she is concerned with exploring and sustaining any sense of humour she may have while writing her thesis.

Donncha Kavanagh is Senior Lecturer in Management at University College Cork, the National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland. He has published in the fields of management, marketing, organization studies, and engineering. His research interests include the history of management thought, and the sociology of knowledge and technology. He is currently researching the translation of management technologies into higher education.

Stephen Linstead is Professor of Organization Theory and Critical Management at the University of York, UK. Ever since writing "Doris, the Co-op Dairy Queen" and "Hit Me with your Morris Stick" in the 70s he has struggled to be taken seriously, though not too hard. Nevertheless, he has managed to publish edited and co-authored books on subjects including aesthetics, language, sex, textuality, philosophy, identity and the anthropology of management, and over a hundred book chapters and refereed journal articles. His current projects include the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Ranciere, the politics of globalization, performance methodologies, the impact of post-punk pop culture on organizational thought and learning to be a grandparent. Yeah, we thought it was odd, too.

Meredith Marra recently completed a PhD in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in the area of workplace communication. As Research Officer for Victoria University's Language in the Workplace project, Meredith's research interests include the language of meetings and the use of humour in workplace interactions.

Denis Mumby is Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. His research focuses on the relationships among discourse, power, gender, and organization. He has published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Communication Monographs, Communication Theory, and Management Communication Quarterly. His most recent book, coauthored with Karen Lee Ashcraft, is Reworking Gender: A Feminist Communicology of Organization (Sage, 2004).

Damian O'Doherty is a lecturer in Organization Analysis at the Manchester Business School in the University of Manchester. His doctoral thesis examined the question of subjectivity and identity within the context of order and disorder in organization. Since the award of his doctoral degree Dr O'Doherty has published his work in a number of journals including Culture and Organization, Sociology, Ephemera, The Journal of Management Studies, and International Studies in Management and Organization. He has recently co-authored the collection Manifestos for the Business School of Tomorrow published by Dvalin Press in June 2005. He holds an ESRC research grant under the Evolution of Business Knowledge programme that is looking at the development of media and digital technologies and its impact on organization and its social relations. Dr O'Doherty is an executive board member of the Standing Conference in Organization Symbolism and sits on the editorial committees of a number of scholarly journals, including Culture and Organization and Ephemera.

Don O'Sullivan is a member of faculty in the Department of Management and Marketing, National University Of Ireland, Cork, Ireland. He has a long academic track record and is an internationally published author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. His marketing case studies are widely published and taught in business schools throughout Europe and the US. He recently returned to academia having spent 4 years as Director of Strategy at a marketing agency focused on the European technology sector. Clients included Microsoft, HP, Siemens, DoubleClick and Computer Associates. Don was responsible for multiple global award winning marketing campaigns including an International ECHO Award from the MA and three ICON awards from ADWEEK's Technology Marketing Magazine. Don maintains close contacts with the marketing profession and is a member of the European Advisory Board of the Chief Marketing Officers Council. Don's interest in humour in marketing arose from his previous professional experiences as a script and joke writer for Television.

Martin Parker is Professor of Culture and Organization at Leicester University Management Centre. He has published on various aspects of organizational culture and the culture of organization, as well as other things. His writing plans over the next few years include the mafia, angels, pirates, zombies and space rockets.

Alison Pullen is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney. One day she will work as a fitter in a cod-piece shop...

Carl Rhodes is Associate Professor in the School of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). People have often told him that he is too serious. His involvement in this book is a futile and ironic attempt to prove them wrong. He has published books, articles, chapters etc.

Grace Ann Rosile Grace Ann Rosile is an Assistant Professor of management at New Mexico State University. Her primary interest is narrative approaches to organizational studies, including organizational theatrics, pedagogy, ethics, and academic integrity. She received the Champion of Integrity award in 2005 from Duke University's Center for Academic Integrity. She has published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Communication Quarterly, Organization Studies, Ephemera, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Organizational Change Management, and Communication Research, in addition to a book and several book chapters.

Esther R. Thomas is an Assistant Professor of management in the Department of Business Administration at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University. Dr. Thomas has always had a passion for quality teaching, and focused her dissertation research on the enhancement of management education through use of non-traditional teaching methods with a primary focus on the use of improvisational theatre in the management classroom. Dr. Thomas' research interests include, but are not limited to, organizational behavior, organizational change and development, management education and development, and human resource management with a primary interest in international aspects of HRM. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Academy of Management, Southwest Academy of Management, and the Standing Conference for Management Organization Inquiry (sc'MOI).

Sam Warren lectures in Organizational Behaviour and Research Methods at University of Portsmouth Business School, in the United Kingdom. Broadly, her research interests centre on aesthetics and organizational life and, in particular, fun, play and 'artistic' management practices. She is also interested in the use of visual methodologies in qualitative management research. An executive board member of The Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) and review editor for the journal Ephemera: Theory and politics in organization, her work has appeared in the journals Sociology, Administrative Theory and Praxis, and Ephemera.

Robert Westwood is Reader in Organization Studies at the University of Queensland Business School. He was educated in the United Kingdom receiving a PhD from Bath University. He has worked in the Asia-Pacific region since the mid-1980s. Bob has published widely in the areas of comparative and cross-cultural management and in various aspects of organization theory. His last book was Debating Organization Point/Counterpoint in Organization Studies, edited with Stewart Clegg and published by Blackwell in 2003. He is co-editor of the journal Culture and Organization and on the board of three other journals. He is currently working on projects further related to humour and organization, on the representation of organization in popular culture, and on a postcolonial analysis of comparative management. Additional research interests include the meaning and experience of work, gender, and language-power relations in organizations.
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
University of Technology, New South Wales, Australia


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