As part of an effort to promote the research conducted by IALSP members, this is the first of a regular set of posts highlighting member publications. Here, you can download a list of research by IALSP members that was published between January and March of 2015.
We are also starting a “Focus Publication” of the month feature, in which we showcase a recent publication by an IALSP member each month. This article will be randomly chosen from our list of member publications.
For April 2015, our focus publication is: Calleja, M., Montiel, C. J., Baquiano, M. (in press). Humor in power-differentiated intergroup wage negotiation. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology.
Abstract: This research examined the role of humour in power-differentiated wage bargaining conversations. We collected transcripts of wage bargaining between the local labour union and management negotiators of a multinational beverage company operating in the Philippines. Through conversation analysis, we determined how both parties utilised humor to challenge or maintain power relations even as both labour and management worked towards a wage bargaining agreement. Findings show that humour was used to maintain intergroup harmony, subvert authority and control the negotiation. Our findings may be useful for labour organisations and multinational corporations that operate in Southeast Asian countries with historically tumultuous labour relations such as the Philippines.