Title

Differences between American, Egyptian and Lebanese Humor Styles: Implications for International Management

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to search for differences in humor use between Arabs and Americans and to provide managerial insights regarding such differences. We use Hofstede's cultural dimensions as a theoretical basis for hypothesizing differences in humor styles between Arabs and Americans. The results indicate that Americans scored significantly higher than Arabs on self-enhancing and self-defeating humor style. There was no significant difference regarding affiliative and aggressive humor. Both Arab and American men scored significantly higher in aggressive humor than did Arab and American women. Managerial implications are provided for both practitioners and researchers.

Department(s)

Business and Information Technology

Keywords and Phrases

Humorous Stories-Arab; Humorous Stories-Egyptian; Humorous Stories-Lebanese; Cross Cultural

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Humorous stories, American
Humorous stories
Intercultural communication
Wit and humor--Cross-cultural studies

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2006 SAGE Publications, All rights reserved.


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