Technology Management MBA strategic management residential school

This is the residential school module which has been developed for students on the MBA (Technology Management). You'll be expected to work collaboratively on real-life case studies, producing tangible outputs that summarise their main findings.


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What you will study

The academic purpose of this module is to develop your ability to apply strategy-related concepts to real-life cases, especially those revolving around the analysis of the external and internal environment of organisations and in strategic decision-making. There will also be a session to engage you in developing your soft skills.


Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

The teaching on this module is entirely focussed around the residential school (either the face-to-face or online). During the face-to-face or intensive online residential school, students are supported by their Group Tutor, who also facilitates the teaching sessions.

The less intensive online version involves daily contact over an extended period of two weeks, with student engagement of at least an hour expected each day. This will combine synchronous and asynchronous sessions. There will also be a Group Tutor for this version.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


There are no formal assessment activities or submissions required for this module.  However, you will be evaluated in terms of your participation in the residential school. In this regard you will have to achieve a Satisfactory Participation mark to pass the residential school.

Residential School

This module is based on either a 3-day (2-night) residential school, an intensive 3-day online school, or an extended online school which is spread over two weeks.

Course work includes

Embedded residential school

Future availability

Technology Management MBA strategic management residential school starts twice a year, in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2022. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2026.


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    Entry requirements

    This module is a compulsory module in our MBA (Technology Management). It can only be studied after successful completion of Technology and innovation management (TB801), or the discontinued module Managing technological innovation (T848), and Strategic capabilities for technological innovation (T849).

    Normally, to register for the MBA (Technology Management) you will need a minimum of three years’ experience in a managerial, professional or technical role, so that you have a practical business base on which to build your MBA learning.

    You will also need an appropriate ability in English language, sufficient to work effectively at postgraduate level; generally, this means capability equivalent to an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5. To assess your English language skills in relation to your proposed studies you can visit the IELTS website. If you are unsure whether your skill level in English is adequate you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site.


    Start End England fee Register
    05 Nov 2022 Apr 2023 £795.00

    Registration closes 13/10/22 (places subject to availability)

    06 May 2023 Oct 2023 £795.00

    Registration closes 13/04/23 (places subject to availability)

    This module is expected to start for the last time in November 2026.

    Future availability

    Technology Management MBA strategic management residential school starts twice a year, in May and November. This page describes the module that will start in November 2022. We expect it to start for the last time in November 2026.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as set books, a computer and internet access.

    Residential school

    The residential school is offered in face-to-face and online versions, subject to restrictions linked to pandemic-related regulations or other factors. You must pay for your travel to and from the venue if you opt for the face-to-face school.

    Ways to pay for this module

    We know there’s a lot to think about when choosing to study, not least how much it’s going to cost and how you can pay.

    That’s why we keep our fees as low as possible and offer a range of flexible payment and funding options, including a postgraduate loan, if you study this module as part of an eligible qualification. To find out more, see Fees and funding.

    Study materials

    What's included

    Together with the residential school tuition you will have access to opportunities for engagement with other students, university library resources, and an extensive variety of specially written materials for the face-to-face and online residential schools of this module (presented online and in printed format).

    Computing requirements

    You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

    Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.

    To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

    Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.

    It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

    If you have a disability

    Elements of this module are delivered online and include the use of real-time online discussions and an interactive whiteboard space, so time spent using a computer and the internet will be extensive. If you use assistive technology or have a hearing or speech impairment and have concerns about accessing this type of virtual environment and materials, contact The Open University to discuss it further before registering.

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.