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SH Deborah Small

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.

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, it uses one of the approved methods listed below:

  • Belbin bureau service via our Regional Representatives in China
  • Belbin Interplace account

If you are unsure about the testing your organisation is using, or would like further advice, please contact the Belbin office, or one of our Regional Representatives in China.


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

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