My visit yesterday with educators from the Netherlands was very enlightening. Apparently, their structure for higher education involves a research and development component - similar to R&D in manufacturing. After talking indepth with one of the R&D officers, I am very impressed with the strategy and process. In higher education, R&D starts with research and exploration, and it concludes with an organizational behavior component to infuse the idea or concept into the culture of the institution.
I'll report more about my findings on their approach to education after I read a few articles they have published about the subject.