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Technology Management MBA strategic management residential school

We are currently only able to offer the online alternative for this residential school module.

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.


BXR873 is a compulsory module in our:

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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 residential school students are supported by their Group Tutor, who also facilitates the teaching sessions.

The online alternative involves daily contact over an extended period of 18 days, with student engagement of at least at least an hour expected each day. This will combine synchronous and asynchronous sessions. There will also be a Group Tutor for the online 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 or online alternative. In this regard you will have to achieve a Satisfactory Participation mark to pass the residential school.

Residential School

This module is based on a 3-day (2-night) residential school which is also offered in an 18-day online format.

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 May 2021. 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
    01 May 2021 Oct 2021 £765.00

    Registration closes 15/04/21 (places subject to availability)

    06 Nov 2021 Apr 2022 Not yet available

    Registration closes 14/10/21 (places subject to availability)

    07 May 2022 Oct 2022 Not yet available

    Registration opens on 01/09/21

    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 May 2021. 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.

    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

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    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.