ARCHES - Analyzing Research Careers & Humor in Engineering & Science

Project Description

The project explores the role of interpersonal humor in the workplace for career success in science and engineering. Specifically, we will develop a humor intervention that allows employees to proactively improve their working environment and increase their career success. In a first step, we determine the use of humor in the workplace via an employee survey. Building on our findings from this survey and based on the analysis of the humor intervention, the project provides information on how the use of humor in the workplace affects the work climate, job satisfaction and career success.


The project draws on psychological, economic and sociological approaches and combines different empirical methods (interviews, surveys, experiments).

Project Team

The project team consists of Prof. Dr. Agnes Bäker, Dr. Jamie L. Gloor, Ramon Gmür and Felix Wüthrich.



First Humor Project Presentation at International Leadership Conference

In early May, an intimate, interdisciplinary group of 80 or so top leadership scholars gathered for the 3rd Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium(IPLS) on "What Leaders Actually Do" in Crete, Greece. Jamie Gloor presented the conceptual approach for our first paper from our humor project on potential leaders' humor use.


We have just won funding by the UZH Graduate Campus for an exciting, interdisciplinary event for early career humor scholars. Please reserve the dates (January 7th - 8th, 2019) now and plan to be in Zurich!