In 1965, Dr Bruce Tuckman was doing ground-breaking work on group dynamics in Ohio. A couple of years later, Dr Meredith Belbin began his seminal research into team behaviours at Henley.
Tuckman studied teams from formation to completion of a task and identified characteristics of each stage of team development – forming, storming, norming and performing. Belbin’s observations of teams uncovered the nine Belbin Team Roles, which describe ways of contributing and interrelating in a team.
So how do the two fit together? What is happening in Belbin terms as groups develop, and what can be done to give them the best chance of success at each stage?