Chen Zhang 张晨

Associate Professor, Leadership and Organization Management
School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

清华大学 经济管理学院
领导力与组织管理系 副教授


Educational Background

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management and Organizations)

Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, M.S. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior and Human Resources)

Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, Bachelor of Economics (Distinguished Graduate Award)


Courses Taught

Management as a Perspective: Systematic Thinking and Effective Actions

Introduction to Business and Management

Research Methodology in Management

Research Interests

Work designs and redesigns

Time, energy, and well-being issues at work

Proactive behaviors in organizations


Academic Journal Publications

Zhang, C., Spreitzer, G.M., & Qiu, Z.A. (2023). Meetings and individual work during the workday: Examining their interdependent impact on knowledge workers’ energy. Journal of Applied Psychology. 108(10), 1640–1661.

Zhang, C., Nahrgang, J. D., Ashford, S. J., & DeRue, D. S. (2020). The risky side of leadership: Conceptualizing risk perceptions in informal leadership and investigating the effects of their over-time changes in teams. Organization Science, 31(5), 1138-1158.

Hafenbrack, A.C., Cameron, L. D., Spreitzer, G. M., Zhang, C., Noval, L. J., & Shaffakat, S. (2020). Helping people by being in the present: Mindfulness increases prosocial behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 159, 21-38.

De Stobbeleir, K., Ashford, S., & Zhang, C. (2020). Shifting focus: Antecedents and outcomes of proactive feedback seeking from peers. Human Relations, 73(3), 303–325.

Zhang, C., Mayer, D. M., & Hwang, E. B. (2018). More is less: Learning but not relaxing buffers deviance under job stressors. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(2), 123-136.


Practice-Oriented Publications

Zhang, C., Spreitzer, G.M., & Qiu, Z.A. (2023). Arrange your meeting schedule to boost your energy. Harvard Business Review. August 29, 2023. Digital article.

Zhang, C., Nahrgang, J. D., Ashford, S. J., & DeRue, D. S. (2020). Why capable people are reluctant to lead. Harvard Business Review. Digital article.

Zhang, C., Myers, C.G., & Mayer, D.M. (2018). To cope with stress, try learning something new. Harvard Business Review. Digital article.