Humor cuts both ways: Moderating effect of humor styles in the organizations

Li Hsing Ho, Ya Ping Wang, Hung Chen Huang, Hsueh-Chih Chen

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Abstract

Humor plays a crucial role in the workplace communication. Even though leaders might not consider humorous leadership as an essential condition for company's success, it is important for building effectively performing team. Participants of this study included 955 employees in Taiwan. The main goal of the study was to explore moderating effect of leader's humor styles on the relationship between leader-member relationship quality and team performance. Results showed that leader-member relationship quality has a significantly positive influence on team performance. As for different humor styles that leaders use, while affiliative humor has a significantly positive influence on team performance, self-defeating humor has a negative effect on team performance. In addition, affiliative humor has a moderating effect on the relationship between leader-member relationship quality and team performance. The results may serve as suggestions for leaders how to apply humor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-839
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Advancements in Computing Technology
Volume4
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

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Keywords

  • Humor styles
  • Leader-member relationship quality
  • Moderating effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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