Just joking around? employee humor expression as an ingratiatory behavior

Cecily D. Cooper

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Previous research on ingratiation in organizations has identified various categories of ingratiatory behaviors. However, these studies have failed to mention or investigate the ingratiatory power of humor. I integrate past research on ingratiation with research on humor in organizations to propose humor as a type of ingratiatory behavior in the workplace. I describe how humor affects targets, including determinants of humor's effectiveness as an ingratiation strategy, and various outcomes of humor as an ingratiation tactic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-776
Number of pages12
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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