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Dr Leah Tomkins

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for People and Organisations
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Professional biography

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. 

Research interests

Key research interests include:

  • philosophical, experiential and critical approaches to leadership
  • identity issues in relation to work, institution and learning
  • phenomenology and hermeneutics
  • organisational sense-making
  • embodiment
  • idiography and the case for the case
  • ethics of care

Recent publications include:

Tomkins, L. & Simpson, P. (2015).  Caring Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective.  Organization Studies 36(8), 1013-1031.

Tomkins, L. & Ulus, E. (in press).  Is Narcissism Undermining Critical Reflection in Our Business Schools?  Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Tomkins, L. & Ulus, E. (in press).  ‘Oh, was that experiential learning?!’  Spaces, Synergies and Surprises with Kolb’s Learning Cycle.  Management Learning 1350507615587451.

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.

Teaching interests

Teaching modules include:

  • leadership
  • management decision making
  • ethics 
  • stakeholder communication & engagement
  • change management
  • identity - personal, social & institutional
  • critical reflection
  • research methods
  • training and learning
  • human resource management (HRM)

Publications

Make me authentic, but not here: Reflexive struggles with academic identity and authentic leadership (2017)
Tomkins, Leah and Nicholds, Alyson
Management Learning ((Early Access))
“Oh, was that ‘experiential learning’?!” Spaces, Synergies and Surprises with Kolb’s Learning Cycle (2016-04)
Tomkins, Leah and Ulus, Eda
Management Learning, 47(2) (pp. 158-178)
Is Narcissism Undermining Critical Reflection in Our Business Schools? (2015-12-01)
Tomkins, Leah and Ulus, Eda
Academy of Management Learning and Education, 14(4) (pp. 595-606)
Caring Leadership: A Heideggerian Perspective (2015-08)
Tomkins, Leah and Simpson, Peter
Organization Studies, 36(8) (pp. 1013-1031)
Stop ‘helping’ me! Identity, recognition and agency in the nexus of work and care (2014-01)
Tomkins, Leah and Eatough, Virginia
Organization, 21(1) (pp. 3-21)