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Tactically fun: Playing with meaning in 'fun' organisations

Research output: Working paper



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DateUnpublished - 2014
Original languageEnglish


While previous literature has noted how organisations try to manage humour through corporate culture, this literature does not develop the range in responses from employees to the management of fun at the level of the everyday. This paper will expand on how employees re-appropriate the meaning of fun through the use of humour. Using a four way typology to examine different discourses on fun used by the employees (compelled fun, sanctioned fun, bounded fun and subversive fun), it discusses strategy as a form of corporate culture and tactics as the negotiation of the meaning of fun through humour. The typology links each discourse on fun to a different tactic of humour, expanding on the subjectivities of the ‘wig’ and the saboteur when engaging with fun corporate cultures. This adds to a discussion of the day to day level of organisational cultures through critical ethnographic research, exploring how humour features in this typology against management who use it as a control strategy.

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