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When considering the relationship between humor and management, several questions may arise: Is humor a management tool? How may humor be utilized by managers? How may humor assist managers in getting their work done and in achieving their various objectives? This entry addresses these questions by briefly outlining some of the various functions of humor as a management tool. After having outlined some of the positive functions of humor as a management tool, the entry also briefly discusses “another” side of humor, namely, as a means of coercion and control. Differences in the use of humor across workplaces are also mentioned.

Humor as a Management Tool

Although the link between humor and management is not immediately obvious, humor may indeed be used as a tool to assist ...

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