Dr. Ashley Whillans

Ashley Whillans is the author of the Harvard Business Review book TIME SMART: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life (October 6, 2020). She is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and a leading scholar in the time and happiness research field. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of British Columbia and currently teaches Negotiations and Motivation and Incentives to MBA students and Executives. Whillans was twice named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science by the Behavioral Science & Policy Association. In 2016 she cofounded a "nudge unit," namely, the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement division of the British Columbia Public Service Agency. She is part of the Global Happiness Council and the Workplace and Well-Being Initiative at Harvard University, and she advises on workplace and well-being strategies for numerous nonprofit and for-profit partners. She has written about her research, which has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, CNN, BBC, The Atlantic, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review. Additionally, she has published her research in leading academic journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Science Advances, and Nature Human Behavior. Before joining the HBS faculty in 2017, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has also enjoyed an acting career, attending London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and appearing most notably in the 2007 comedy film Juno.


Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life

By Dr. Ashley Whillans


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