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Is Belbin cross-cultural?
A question - is this model valid cross-culturally? Was the research done only with English subjects? Has there been any research done with other cultural groups?

Susan, there is little in the book about this, although ironically the research was repeated at a college in Melbourne and similar results reported. I don't know of any other cultural evidence, although I have used it extensively in Scandinavia and it holds up well.

Belbin and cross-cultural use
Roma Minenko
Although I like the tool, I have recently received the same question from a client who has a large first nations (aboriginal) component to the workforce. Are there documented uses of the Belbin within this group?

Belbin in cross cultural environments
Susan - I am a Project Manager working in International Development for the World Bank, AusAID and DfIDand similar - and I have used Belbin extensively to build teams in truly cross cultural environments where the team may comprise personnel from 5 or more countries / cultural backgrounds. I have most recently used Belbin in Afghanistan and the Sudan.

Relevancy of Belbin in Indian culture and context
Ullhas Pagey
To a great extent, I have used Belbin profiling in the Indian context with various managements groups across the levels and have found this model to be quite relevant.

Belbin cross-cultural
John Kempeneers
We use Belbin frequently in the Netherlands and in a European context and it is very usable and quit easy to introduce

BELBIN non-English
Arnulf Schircks
Sure, Belbin's approach was and is partially still useful. However for practical application in organisations in European contries in German, French & English, and in Vietnam & Nepal for the last years I am using Edward De Bono's very successfully 6 Thinking Hats or Creative SpeedThinking. This allows ALL participants to learn to apply ALL 6 thinking styles in projects, meetings or team learning under time pressure: excellent results AND happy people.

Belbin in Cultures
Christer B Jansson, Partner, Malta, Member
Hi I am involved with Belbin in Sweden. It works very well all over the world. What roles are preferred in a country, if I generalize, depends on the culture in the country.
For example:
- In Sweden we prefer Coordinator behavior in our managers.
- I have a strong Shaper behavior and am more liked for it in the USA than in Sweden, where I need to control it much more.
- In Hong Kong a Specialist is regarded high as they value knowledge very high.
But all roles are important and have an important role to play in any team.

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