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How fun are your meetings? Investigating the relationship between humor patterns in team interactions and team performance

Available Online http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/apl/99/6/1278/
Publication Date November 2014
Author Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen
Source Journal of Applied Psychology
Source Type Journal Article
Summary

This study focuses on the use of humor in team social contexts. Within these team interaction settings, the authors aim to build an understanding of the function and effects of humor. Behavioral patterns of humor were observed in 54 real team organizational meetings, and performance ratings were collected. Analyses within the team interaction process identified humor and laughter patterns occurring above chance at the behavioral unit level. In addition, humor patterns were found to trigger positive socioemotional communication, procedural structure, and new solutions. Team-level results suggest that team performance was positively related to humor patterns both immediately and long-term.

Keywords Humor, team meetings, interaction patterns, team performance, lag sequential analysis
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Lehmann-Willenbrock, N. & Allen, J.A. (2014). How fun are your meetings? Investigating the relationship between humor patterns in team interactions and team performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99(6), 1278-1287.

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