This chapter analyzes the behavior of early adopters of innovations and followers in the Dutch university sector from 1974–1993. The innovations we concentrate on are (comparable) new study programs. We formulate contrasting expectations bearing on institutional and strategic choice theory concerning the consequences for early adopters versus followers. From an institutional perspective we predict that followers are less successful measured in terms of the quality of the program, the enrollments, and fundamental changes in the program (including closing down the program). Seven chains of innovations (in total 35 new programs) are analyzed. This analysis points out that the behavior of the adopters can be seen as a combination of both strategic choice and institutional adjustment.
|Title of host publication||Comparative Perspectives on Universities|
|Editors||Ragnvald Kalleberg, Fredrik Engelstad, Grete Brochmann, Arnlaug Leira, Lars Mjøset|
|Place of Publication||Stamford, Connecticut|
|Publisher||JAI PRESS INC.|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|