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 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
  • An Interplace online account
  • Belbin bureau service

If you are unsure about the testing your organisation is using, or would like further advice, please contact the Belbin office.

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

We as the distributor in Belbin Ireland are very conscious of our responsibilities and invite people to contact our director John O’Boyle or on +353 (0)91 638 769, if you are unsure.


John O’ Boyle


Belbin Ireland