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Belbin Team Roles: Copyright


Getting it RIGHT

We frequently receive calls requesting information on the copyright of Belbin materials. In particular, the use of the self-scoring paper Self-Perception Inventory (SPI) originally published in Meredith Belbin’s book, Management Teams: Why They Succeed Or Fail (1981). To clarify our position, we own the copyright and do not allow this questionnaire to be reproduced in any form. Individuals may purchase the book (1st and 2nd editions) and complete the SPI for their own personal development, but any copying or wider usage is an infringement of copyright. The 3rd edition of Management Teams: Why They Succeed Or Fail contains a card which entitles the reader to a free online Belbin report.

What's wrong with SELF-SCORING?

We do not recommend the use of the self-scoring questionnaire. It is:

  • Obsolete (no Specialist role)
  • Lacking the balance of observer input
  • Not properly normed
  • Does not offer any Team Role advice.

Therefore, please ensure that if your company is using Belbin Team Role Reports, you check with one of our Distributors in Australia that you are using the most up-to-date Belbin tools.

We will take legal action against companies and individuals using unauthorised versions.

How do I find out MY Team Role preferences?

To find out which of the nine Team Roles you have a tendency towards and what this means in the workplace, the first step is to complete the Belbin Self-Perception Inventory.

This takes about 20 minutes to complete, and a report is automatically generated and sent back to you online. You can add depth and context to your report by asking people who work with you to complete an Observer Assessment. This will help you see not only which roles you prefer, but which ones your colleagues see and value!

Contact our Australian Distributors to find out how to use the Belbin reports within your organisation.

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