Management Teams

3rd Edition

Why they succeed or fail

Authors: R Meredith Belbin
Paperback ISBN: 9781856178075
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 26th January 2010
Page Count: 204


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Benefit from Belbin’s own experience of putting the Team Roles method into practice

Succinct and practical information to enable managers to make a real difference in the workplace

Real-life case studies show how to apply the theory in practice

Meredith Belbin’s unique and widely-read work on teams has become part of everyday language for organizations around the world. For every manager, getting the most from their team is paramount in achieving superior results. Belbin’s vital area of management research supersedes the usual preoccupations with qualifications and experience, considering instead the Team Role behaviours which shape everyday interactions in teams.

Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail is an account of the experimental study of management teams at Henley Management College from which Belbin’s unique Team Role theory developed. Now in its third edition the original theory has been fully updated and rewritten in parts by the author, with chapter summaries and updated illustrations. This is the original book by Meredith Belbin, offering the only authoritative explanation of how Belbin’s world-famous Team Role language came into being.

Download and print a free, full-page summary of Team Roles with their icons, descriptions, strengths and allowable weaknesses from

R. Meredith Belbin was formerly Chairman of the Industrial Training Research Unit. A founder Member of Belbin Associates, he is also Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow of Henley Management College.

Related Title

Belbin: Team Roles at Work, 2e, ISBN: 978-1-85617-800-6

Key Features

Meredith Belbin’s own explanation of his team roles method allows readers to benefit from his extensive experience of its use in practice
Numerous real world case studies show how to apply the theory to real situations
* Companion material available at offering further practical advice on applying the method including the Self-Perception Inventory to find out the role you play within your team



Trainers and HR professionals who wish to find out about the Team Roles with a view to using them within specific companies; large training organizations (CIPD has 130,000 members); independent trainers using Belbin as part of their training portfolio (80,000 complete Belbin online each year and Belbin Associates have approximately 4,000 accredited users); business school students (specifically at MBA level)

Table of Contents

A Study of Teams: How It All Began ; The Apollo Syndrome; Teams Containing Similar Personalities; Identifying further Team Roles; Team Leadership; The Missing Team Roles; Developing an inventory; Unsuccessful teams; Winning teams; Ideal team size; Features of good members of a team; Teams in Public Affairs; How Belbin reports developed; Case Studies in Using Belbin


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About the Author

R Meredith Belbin

Affiliations and Expertise

Belbin Associates


'Overall, the combination of Belbin’s easy prose style and the use of chapter summaries means that this is a very accessible work. While the focus on empiricism will not appeal to all readers, it provides a fascinating insight into the development of one of the most influential management theories of our time.'

Rob Palethorpe, Industrial and Commercial Training Journal