Impermanent Ways

The Closed Lines of Britain

Impermanent Ways

The third volume in rail expert Jeffery Grayers's acclaimed series on closed railways: this time featuring the county of Wiltshire. Forty years or more ago, the idea of recording the demolition of a railway was something few considered undertaking, with the result that images from the period are both rare and sought after. Such views depict a time of transition, gone were the trains, yet redevelopment was still some way into the future. Ironically it is also now a period many look back to with nostalgia in mind and they will not be disappointed in this new volume. Wiltshire is rich in its railway heritage and so lines such as the MSWJ, Calne, Malmesbury, and Devizes routes feature, as well as a glimpse at some former Southern lines that once crossed parts of the county. This enchanting new title following the lines of Wiltshire includes a variety of fascinating full colour images, required reading for every rail enthusiast and those interested in the beautiful county of Wiltshire.

Making Sense of the Organization, Volume 2

The Impermanent Organization

Making Sense of the Organization, Volume 2

Making Sense of the Organization elaborates on the influential idea that organizations are interpretation systems that scan, interpret, and learn. These selected essays represent a new approach to the way managers learn and act in response to their environment and the way organizational change evolves. Readers of this volume will find a wealth of examples and insights which go well beyond thinking and cognition to explain action. The author's ideas are at the forefront of our thinking on leadership, teams, and the management of change. “This book engages the puzzle of impermanence in organizing. Through rich examples, evocative language, artful literature citing, and imaginative connecting, Weick re-introduces core ideas and themes around attending, interpreting, acting and learning to unlock new insights about impermanent organizing. The wisdom in this book is timeless and timely. It prods scholars and managers of organizations to complicate their views of organizing in ways that enrich thought and action.” - Jane E. Dutton, Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor, University of Michigan

Earth Building

Methods and Materials, Repair and Conservation

Earth Building

Buildings with load-bearing earth walls were once widespread throughout Britain and many thousands still survive, including some dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Earth is the ultimate form of ‘green’ building construction, creating no environmental pollutions and consuming virtually no energy. Subsoil can be dug from or near the site to construct buildings that will meet modern needs and conform to the latest building regulations. This book describes all aspects of earth building, explaining how earth performs as a building material and providing guidance on how best to repair and conserve existing earth buildings.