Prior to entering academia, Dr Leah Tomkins held senior leadership positions in Accenture, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), and the Cabinet Office, Whitehall. She specialised in planning, designing and implementing change management and leadership programmes in both private and public sectors, and both in the UK and internationally.
Key research interests include:
philosophical, experiential and critical approaches to leadership
ethics of care in organizational experience
selfhood, subjectivity and meaning of work
phenomenology, hermeneutics and sense-making
idiography and the 'case for the case'
participative action research
critical and experiential approaches to organizational learning
leadership in the security services
Recent and forthcoming books include:
Tomkins, L. (Ed.) (2020). Paradox and Power in Caring Leadership: Critical and Philosophical Reflections. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
Tomkins, L. & Pritchard, K. (2019). Health at Work: Critical Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge.
Recent journal publications include:
Tomkins, L., Hartley, J. & Bristow, A. (in press). Asymmetries of Leadership: Agency, Response and Reason. Leadership.
Tomkins, L. (2019). ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!’ Radicalising hermeneutics with Kafka’s The Castle. Tamara, Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 17(3), 37-49.
Kubiak, C., Tomkins, L. & Larkin M. (2019). Surveillance, Intervention and the Politics of Care. International Journal of Care and Caring, 3(2), 165-181.
Tomkins, L. & Nicholds, A. (2017). Make Me Authentic, But Not Here: Reflexive Struggles with Academic Identity and Authentic Leadership. Management Learning, 48(3), 253-270.
Tomkins, L. & Ulus, E. (2016). ‘Oh, was that experiential learning?!’ Spaces, Synergies and Surprises with Kolb’s Learning Cycle. Management Learning, 47(2), 158-178.
Tomkins, L. & Simpson, P. (2015). Caring Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective. Organization Studies, 36(8), 1013-1031.
Tomkins, L. & Ulus, E. (2015). Is Narcissism Undermining Critical Reflection in Our Business Schools? Academy of Management Learning and Education, 14(4), 595-606.
Tomkins, L. & Eatough, V. (2014). Stop ‘helping’ me! Identity, Recognition and Agency in the Nexus of Work and Care. Organization, 21(1), 3-21.
Tomkins, L. & Eatough, V. (2013). The Feel of Experience: Phenomenological Ideas for Organizational Research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 8(3), 258-275.
Tomkins, L. & Eatough, V. (2013). The Meanings and Manifestations of Care: A Celebration of Hermeneutic Multiplicity in Heidegger. The Humanistic Psychologist, 41(1), 4-24.
Teaching modules include:
Dr Tomkins is the PI for the Open University's action research project on organizational learning with the Metropolitan Police Service in London.