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Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University

Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School. Broadly, she studies how people navigate trade-offs between time and money. Her ongoing research investigates whether and how intangible incentives, such as experiential and time-saving rewards, affect employee motivation and well-being. Professor Whillans earned her BA, MA, and PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia.


  • 2017–present
    Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School


  • 2017 
    The University of British Columbia, PhD/Psychology
  • 2014 
    The University of British Columbia, Masters Degree/Psychology


Member of the Behavioural Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School; Member of the Mind Brain and Behavior Initiative at Harvard University; CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award;