Team Roles at Work

2nd Edition

Authors: R Meredith Belbin
Paperback ISBN: 9781856178006
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 26th January 2010
Page Count: 162


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Belbin’s renowned Team Role theory is a familiar concept for managers
and management trainers across the world.

Following on from the best-selling Management Teams: Why they
succeed or fail
, this second edition of Team Roles at Work provides useful
insights into how to apply the theory in everyday work situations.

This book explores the impact of Team Roles from interpersonal
chemistry and managing difficult relationships, to cultivating effective
leaders and shaping organizations.

Now fully updated, this second edition has new practical examples
and summaries bringing this book up to date 17 years after its
original publication. Drawing from Belbin’s own practical experience
it answers the queries that have arisen during those years. Further
information accompanies the book on the Belbin website, including a free, downloadable,
full-page summary of Team Roles with their icons, descriptions,
strengths and allowable weaknesses.

Team Roles at Work is the best-selling, second book written by
Meredith Belbin, designed for any manager who wants to understand
the practical application of Team Role theory.

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.

Belbin, Management Teams: Why they succeed or fail, 3e, ISBN: 978-1-85617-8075

Key Features

  • Complete descriptions of the Belbin Team Roles provide an understanding of how to analyse teams and then maximise output by using each team member’s strengths
    Numerous real world case studies show how to apply the theory to real situations
    A highly practical book and online toolkit at demonstrates how to apply the Belbin team role method


Independent or in-house trainers (CIPD has 130,000 members); HR managers; managers within businesses. 80,000 complete Belbin online each year, and Belbin Associates have approximately 4,000 accredited users.

Table of Contents

How roles at work emerged; The qualifications mystery; Emergence of a Team Role language; Eligibility versus suitability; Coherent and incoherent role profiles; How different people interact in the workplace; Managing difficult working relationships; A strategy for self-management; The art of building a team; The management of succession; Leadership for the modern world; The future shape of organization


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About the Author

R Meredith Belbin

Affiliations and Expertise

Belbin Associates