Shaping Innovation Processes Through Humor

Proceedings of the Participatory Innovation Conference; June 18-20, 2013; Lahti, Finland; pp. 325-329

14 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2013  

Marcel Bogers

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO)

Trine Heinemann

University of Helsinki

Date Written: June 18, 2013

Abstract

In this paper we present a case study of how humor is employed at the micro-level of collaborative innovation processes. Based on data from workshops in which participants work together to construct new business models for a particular company, we employ the method of Conversation Analysis to find that humor (laughter) may be an important condition for the acceptance of proposals at the interactional micro-level of innovation processes. A particular finding is that company-internal representatives’ use of humor differs from company-external participants in terms of their orientation to having different rights and responsibilities in the innovation process.

Keywords: humor, laughter, innovation, process, proposals, conversation analysis

Suggested Citation

Bogers, Marcel and Heinemann, Trine, Shaping Innovation Processes Through Humor (June 18, 2013). Proceedings of the Participatory Innovation Conference; June 18-20, 2013; Lahti, Finland; pp. 325-329. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2280057

Marcel Bogers (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen - Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) ( email )

Unit for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Management
Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

Trine Heinemann

University of Helsinki ( email )

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

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