Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduate Group

Operations & Information Management

First Advisor

Maurice E. Schweitzer

Abstract

Humor is a fundamental part of personal and professional interactions. Yet, prior psychology and management literature has largely overlooked humor. By using field and experimental methods, I explore the interpersonal consequences of the use of humor. I find that humor significantly shapes interpersonal perception and behavior. In order to understand organizations, we must first understand humor.

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