David R. Keith


David R. Keith


David R. Keith is Assistant Professor of System Dynamics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Drawing on his experience working in the automotive industry, David studies consumer behavior, firm strategy and the formation of markets for emerging automotive technologies. His research examines issues including spatial patterns of technology adoption, supply constraints in production, platform competition, and the impact of new technologies on energy consumption and the environment.

David has received several awards for his research, including a Fulbright scholarship, an Alcoa Foundation Fellowship from the American-Australian Association, and a Martin Family Sustainability Fellowship from the MIT Energy Initiative.  David previously worked for Holden, the Australian subsidiary of General Motors, and URS Corporation, a global engineering and environmental consultancy. 

David holds BEng (Hons.), BCom, and MEnv degrees from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a PhD from the MIT Engineering Systems Division.  


"Stepping Stone or Distraction? Intergenerational Hybrids as a Tool for Incumbent Adaptation to Technological Change."

Naumov, Sergey and David R. Keith., MIT Sloan Working Paper 5560-18. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, December 2019.

"Vehicle Fleet Turnover and the Future of Fuel Economy."

Keith, David R., Samantha Houston, and Sergey Naumov. Environmental Research Letters Vol. 14, No. 2 (2019): 021001.

"Gas Anxiety and the Charging Choices of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drivers."

Ge, Yanbo, Don MacKenzie, and David R. Keith. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment Vol. 64, (2018): 111-121.

"Creating Shortages During New Product Launch: When Does Making Customers Wait Help or Hinder Diffusion?"

Keith, David R. and Jeroen Struben. (Under review), MIT Sloan Working Paper 5561-18. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2018.

"Unintended Consequences of Automated Vehicles and Pooling for Urban Transportation Systems."

Naumov, Sergey, David R. Keith, and Charles Fine. (Under review), MIT Sloan Working Paper 5559-18. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2018.

"Driving the Future: A Management Flight Simulator of the US Automobile Market."

Keith, David R., Sergey Naumov, and John Sterman. Simulation and Gaming Vol. 48, No. 6 (2017): 735-769.

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