Ken Spillman

Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Mount Lawley, Western Australia


Spillman, K. (2006) Raising Edith: The transformation of a new generation university: Edith Cowan University 1995-2005. Mount Lawley, Australia: Edith Cowan University.


Adaptation is an important theme in ECU's history between 1995 and 2005, but the university's transmutation in that decade was revolutionary as well as evolutionary. Organisational reform was deliberate, broad, swift and consequential. It was accomplished in the face of significant resistance. The impact was measurable. ECU was ineradicably altered by means of a change management operation which, in the strictly corporate world, might well be described as 'reengineering'- a radical redesign process to 'achieve dramatic improvements in critical, contemporary measures of performance'.2