The GoPro case study specifically identifies future threats to the company’s strategy. Provide a

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Due: Before 11:00 pm, Friday 20th May 2016
Weighting: 40%
Individual/Group Individual Assignment
Word limit: 2000 words in total (plus or minus 10%)
The following questions are all based on the GoPro case study published in the Forbes Magazine. Basing your
arguments on the topics that you have studied throughout the unit, write a report addressing all of the
following questions. The report/questions will cover both aspects of the unit.

Assignment structure and marking allocation
Part A
Entrepreneurship (25 marks)
Question 1: Entrepreneurs have been identified as having certain traits and characteristics. Discuss the extent
to which GoPro founder Nick Woodman exemplifies these traits and characteristics. Justify your response with
reference to academic sources (e.g. academic journal articles, textbooks, etc.). (10 marks)
Question 2: Peter Drucker, a leading scholar in the fields of entrepreneurship and marketing, is cited in your
unit material numerous times. When speaking of entrepreneurship, Drucker once stated: Most of what you
hear about entrepreneurship is all wrong. It’s not magic; it’s not mysterious; and it has nothing to do with
genes. It’s a discipline and like any discipline it can be learnt’.
What evidence exists in the GoPro case study that supports and/or refutes this statement? Ensure your
argument(s) are developed through direct reference to concepts, tools and techniques evident in the unit
material. (15 marks)
Part B
Marketing and Strategic Planning (60 marks)
The role of planning within the firm has been discussed at length in this unit. We introduced aspects of
entrepreneurial planning and explored how marketing planning gives direction to both corporate planning and
marketing management.
Question 1: How did GoPro gain a competitive advantage from their marketing processes? Provide a
theoretical analysis of the reasons for the achievement of this advantage. (30 marks)
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Question 2: The GoPro case study specifically identifies future threats to the company’s strategy. Provide a
theoretical analysis of this threat scenario and give recommendations on how GoPro should respond to this.
(30 marks)
Academic rigour (15 marks)
This is a substantial piece of scholarly work and will require extensive engagement with both unit theory and
the case study.
–  Your arguments have to be based on concepts and tools discussed in the first 5 topics of this unit and must
be supported through direct reference to academic literature (academic journal articles, academic books,
etc.). Your report will be assessed based on your ability to develop and argument supported by academic
sources (please also refer to marking criteria). Therefore, newspapers, magazines, website opinion pages or
Websites like Wikipedia etc. are certainly not acceptable as foundation for your arguments. All sources
must be properly referenced.
–  However, you are encouraged to undertake further research on GoPro to gain a deeper understanding of
the case (e.g. financials, company vision and mission statements, investor relations, etc.). The GoPro
website and other trustworthy non-academic sources are acceptable in this context and this context only. If
you use further information for the case study, make sure you reference your sources correctly. If you are
unsure whether your sources are appropriate, seek your tutor’s advice.
–  Assignments strictly have to be within the word limit (- / + 10 %)
School extension policy
Students wanting an extension must make a request at least 24 hours before the assessment item is due and
the request must be received in writing by the unit assessor or designated academic.
Extensions within 24 hours of submission or following the submission deadline will not be granted (unless
supported by a doctor’s certificate or where there are exceptional circumstances – this will be at unit
assessor’s discretion and will be considered on a case by case basis). Extensions will be for a maximum of 48
hours (longer extensions supported by a doctor’s certificate or exceptional circumstances to be considered on
a case by case basis).
A penalty of 10% of the total available grade will accrue for each 24 hour period that an assessment item is
submitted late. Therefore an assessment item worth 20 marks will have 2 marks deducted for every 24 hour 

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