Management Teams – Why They Succeed or Fail

One of the most imaginative and original pieces of research in management… An understanding of the importance of team-building will continue to be a major factor in the successful growth and development of enterprises.

– Professor Thomas Kempner, Henley Management College

Management Teams – Why They Succeed or FailMeredith Belbin’s work on teams has become part of everyday language in organisations all over the world.

Management Teams is required reading for managers concerned with achieving the best results from those who report to them. Management Teams is one of the most widely-read, imaginative and influential books on this vital area of management research and was cited by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 business books of all time.

Now in its third edition it has been completely rewritten and fully updated for managers and trainers, with succinct, practical information which demonstrates how to apply management theory learned into practical action to make a real difference in the workplace. 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.

Simply putting a number of people together and expecting them to work as a team is not enough.
– Meredith Belbin

Different Types of Teams are covered, including:

  • The Apollo Syndrome
  • Improving Unsuccessful Teams
  • Winning Teams
  • Teams in Public Affairs


Preface to the third edition by Meredith Belbin
Foreword by Anthony Jay

  • Making teams effective
  • The Apollo syndrome
  • Teams containing similar personalities
  • Creativity in the team
  • Team leadership
  • Other key team roles
  • Unsuccessful teams
  • Winning teams
  • Ideal team size
  • Features of good members of the team
  • Designing a team
  • Teams in public affairs
  • Thirty years later

10 Case studies using Belbin Team Roles.

CopyrightN.B. Any reproduction of the 8-Team Role Self-Perception Inventory found in previous editions of this book is a breach of intellectual copyright.

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(R Meredith Belbin, Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail (Butterworth Heinemann, 3rd ed., 2010) ISBN: 978-1-85617-8075)