Full details about the Belbin copyright relating to the use of the original paper-based version of the Self Perception Inventory
Getting it right
We frequently receive enquiries 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 offers the reader one Complimentary online Belbin Individual Report.
What's wrong with self-scoring?
We do not allow the use of the self-scoring questionnaire. Apart from its reproduction being a breach of our copyright, 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 three permitted methods listed below:
- An online account set up via www.belbin.com
- An Interplace online account
- Belbin bureau services from Authorised Belbin Distributor - CERT Team Development (India) P Ltd
If you are unsure about the testing your organisation is using, or would like further advice, please contact us. Companies and individuals using unauthorised versions are liable for legal action.
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 a Belbin Individual Report.
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!
Read on or contact us to have a Belbin Accredited CERT India Consultant call you back on how we can partner with you in transforming the performance of individuals and teams in your workplace, in ways that are sustainable and enduring.