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Psychologically Safe Workplaces: Utopia Revisited

Psychologically Safe Workplaces: Utopia Revisited
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ISBN: 978-87-403-2421-1
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Pages : 140
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Alice Rogers, M.A. ★★★★★

Obviously no ifs and buts but honest challenges to well entrenched misconceptions of the antagonistic relations between employers and employees. Indeed psychologically safe work culture is desirable and will ensure a plethora of benefits but the hatrsh question posed by the author us simply "for who". If employees will shatre the benefits go on and create such places and such work culture. If not why bother?

Angeliki Kontopoulou BSc.(HONS) ★★★★★

As a small entrepreneur in the education field, located in Germany and providing remedial support services to high school students as well as foreign language classes with my small staff I confess that I was impressed by this book written by professor Piperopoulos an academic with rich practitioner experiences in upper management as well as in consulting to national and multinational corporations and organizations. Some of the book’s theses are indeed bold and provocative but the author substantiates them properly. His historic overview of the wonders of the Industrial revolution in 19th century England and of the roaring 20’s in America is refreshing and, considering Unionism and Unions, should serve as an authenticated basis in assessing the conditions of working people across the globe then and now. Certainly things will become challenging for the average employees in many Nations as the massive introduction of robots endowed with superior IT and AI skills in productions will end up displaying immense numbers of people and thus necessitating their re-training in modern skills. In my small company I have discovered after 3 decades of operation that people appreciate a psychologically safe environment and work culture but I cannot hurriedly overlook what the author describes as ‘locust’ - Anglo/US types of corporations who simply aim to gain as much profits in as little time as possible overlooking their operations’ impact on human and environmental resources. It is a notable addition to relevant bibliography and should be read by university students and employers as owners and managers of corporations and organizations.

Dr. Nikos Protogeros, Associate Professor ★★★★★

As an academic in the tertiary level of education I have enjoyed reading the new book written by a now retired ex-colleague at the University of Macedonia, Greece. Professor Piperopoulos was always a forward looking academic daring to confront issues which some others would prefer to let lay dormant. In this book he confronts in a bold and provocative manner the perennial issue of the antagonism between employers and employees which gave rise to Unionism during the Industrial Revolution a couple of centuries ago. The book’s challenging and provocative theses are well documented by proper bibliographical references. The epilogue concentrating on the rapidly rising numbers of high tech, IT and AI enriched robots in production and services which by 2030 may lead some 400 to 800 employees to ‘redundancies’ raises issues which should be immediately dealt with by Governments across the globe. Employees replaced by robots will need retraining and acquisition of new skills or else societies will be faced with serious challenges and potential upheavals. It is an iconoclastic monograph and a worthy edition to the existing bibliography for Business Administration students, practitioners and the interested public at large.

Benjamin Johnson ★★★★★

An outstanding historical journey into the relationships of employers and employees, of management and unions, of gteediess and profits without proper respect for humans and the environment. A nook that will stir up spirits. Well done and perhaps prophetic on the threats posed nyrobots, robotics, ITand AI for average employees.

tsioukis ★★★★★

Excellent book for all the workplace players. I was suprised by the details the writer develops about the motives of the job that are critical for the future of the labor market.


The book is a journey through human progress focusing on the construct of psychologically safe workplaces which has re-emerged recently. It looks as far back as the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, highlighting the construct of utopia as applied to the world of work. It explores where we are in the world of work and how humans are treated at work. It underlines how various advances through industrial, and much more recently technological, revolutions have changed the nature of work and society. It explores if a ‘utopic’ ideal of work has ever existed or can exist. As a monograph, it will engage the readers’ interest with its story and intention.

About the author

Dr Georgios P. Piperopoulos studied sociology and psychology at American, German and Austrian Universities receiving his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees; taught at several American, European and Greek Universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels before retiring from his professorial chair at the Department of Business Administration, The University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dr Piperopoulos is currently Visiting Professor at Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He was Visiting Professor at Newcastle University Business School, U.K. from 8/2013 to 8/2016.

He has held a variety of managerial posts in private enterprises and public social services organizations in the USA and Europe.

He has developed and taught Leadership, Communication, Stress Management and Psychological Operations courses at the Supreme Joint War College of the Hellenic Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air force), the Army staff training school, the Hellenic Police Continuing Education Centre and at the Greek branch of the United Nations Peace Serving Operations Training Centre.

Professor Piperopoulos has published several textbooks and many popular books in Greek and English and authored hundreds of articles and editorials in leading Greek Newspapers and magazines. He has been a frequent guest on Greek TV and radio programs as a commentator and, for several years, presented his own show titled ‘I Communicate Therefore I am’ in Greek National and Regional TV channels and Radio stations. He has delivered hundreds of public lectures to groups in Greece, Europe and the USA. has already published his books:

Fundamentals of Communication, PR and Leadership

Control Your Stress and Manage Your Time!

Managing primary and Secondary Schools – A Primer (co-authored with Dr A.N. Piperopoulou)

His daughter Dr Natasha (Anastasia) Piperopoulou lives with her son in Athens and is employed as psychologist in a public school for training and educating adolescents with special needs. His son Dr Panagiotis (Panos) Piperopoulos is Associate Professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).


  1. Psychologically safe workplaces 
  2. The concept of ‘Utopia’ in literature 
  3. The concept of ‘Utopia’ in political economy 
  4. The Biblical ‘Garden of Eden’: ‘Paradise’ as a religious ‘Utopia’ 
  5. The Giza pyramids: History ‘made’ in Hollywood 
  6. Pericles and the Acropolis of Athens 
  7. The British Industrial Revolution 
  8. Unions and Unionism 
    1. Unionism in Britain 
    2. Unionism in the USA 
    3. Unionism in Germany 
    4. Unionism in France 
  9. Tsarist Russia and the Bolshevik Revolutions 
    1. Tsarist Russia 
    2. The Bolshevik Revolutions with Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin as the three protagonists 
  10. The Great Depression and the ‘New Deal’ Programs in America 
  11. Frederick Winslow Taylor’s ‘Scientific Management Theory’ (‘Taylorism’) 
    1. The contributions of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth to ‘time-motion’ techniques 
    2. Taylorism, Lenin and industrialization in Bolshevik Russia 
  12. Henri Fayol’s ‘Administrative Management Approach’ (Fayol-ism) 
  13. Henry Ford & his ‘Assembly Line’ production of the historic ‘Model-T’ cars 
  14. The contributions of Weber and Veblen 
    1. Max Weber’s ‘Bureaucratic Management’ Approach 
    2. Thorstein Veblen’s critique of the ‘affluent’ social class 
  15. The first Business Schools appear in 19th century Europe and the USA 
    1. A glimpse at some current critiques of Business Schools 
  16. The Hawthorne studies and the era of ‘human relations’ in industry 
  17. Human motivation and the theories of Maslow, Herzberg & Likert 
    1. Abraham Maslow’s Humanistic Psychology and the pyramid of human needs 
    2. Frederick Herzberg and his ‘hygiene-motivators’ factors theory 
    3. Rensis Likert 
  18. McGregor’s theories ‘X and Y’ & Quichy’s theory ‘Z’ 
  19. William Edwards Deming and ‘Total Quality Management’ 

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