Doctoral Student

Ting Zhang

Ting Zhang is a doctoral student in the Organizational Behavior Program at Harvard Business School. She graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics. Her research investigates situations in which individuals overlook alterative actions, mindsets, and strategies that actually improve their well-being and productivity. Findings from her research show that 1) individuals underappreciate the value of rediscovering today’s ordinary moments in the future, leading them to forgo meaningful opportunities to document the present, 2) individuals tend to approach ethical dilemmas with a “What should I do?” mindset, when a “What could I do” mindset helps them reach more creative ethical solutions, and 3) individuals mispredict the value of back up plans.