David Keith

Associate Professor

David Keith joined Melbourne Business School in 2023 as an Associate Professor of Strategy, and Associate Director – Innovation in the MBS Centre for Sustainability and Business.

After completing his PhD in Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, David joined the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the System Dynamics group.

David’s specializes in the use of simulation for strategy development in complex and dynamic settings, with a particular focus on the future of the automotive industry. He has published in leading journals including Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, and Nature Sustainability, addressing topics including: technology diffusion, new product launch, platform competition, the sharing economy, supply constraints and waitlists, and the impact of new technologies on energy consumption and the environment.

David teaches Business Strategy, Corporate Strategy, and Sustainability in the MBA and Executive MBA programs, along with a variety of executive education programs with leading corporations and public sector organizations.

Most Notable Research

Keith, D. R., Naumov, S., Rakoff, H. E., Sanches, L. M., & Singh, A. (2022). The effect of increasing vehicle utilization on the automotive industry, European Journal of Operational Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2022.10.030.

Naumov, Sergey and David R. Keith (2022), Optimizing the economic and environmental benefits of ride-hailing and pooling, Production and Operations Management, https://doi.org/10.1111/poms.13905.

Anderson, Edward, G., Keith, David, and Jose Lopez (2022), Opportunities for System Dynamics Research in Operations Management for Public Policy, Production and Operations Management, https://doi.org/10.1111/poms.13947.

Keith, David R., Taylor, Lauren R., Paine, James, Dowidowicz, Anthony, and Richard Weisbach (2022), When Funders Aren’t Customers: Reputation Management and Capability Under-Investment in Multi-Audience Organizations, Organization Science, https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2022.1579.

Naumov, Sergey, David Keith, and John Sterman (2022), Accelerating Vehicle Fleet Turnover to Achieve Sustainable Mobility Goals, Journal of Operations Management, https://doi.org/10.1002/joom.1173.

Moody, Joanna, Farr, Elizabeth, Marisa Papagelis and David Keith (2021), The Value of Car Ownership and Use, Nature Sustainability, 4(9), pp.769-774, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00731-5.

Keith, David R. and John Paul MacDuffie (2020), Why ‘Autos Plus Tech’ Is the Best Path for Automated Vehicles, Sloan Management Review, https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/why-autos-plus-tech-is-the-best-path-for-automated-vehicles/.

Naumov, Sergey, David R. Keith, and Charles Fine (2020), Unintended Consequences of Automated Vehicles and Pooling for Urban Transportation Systems, Production and Operations Management. 29(5) pp.1354-1371, https://doi.org/10.1111/poms.13166.

Most Notable Awards

Fulbright Scholarship

American-Australian Association – Alcoa Foundation Fellowship