A lesson on supply chain management for kids


On April 22, a group of 6th graders from Hangzhou Baochuta Experimental School enjoyed an interesting lesson on supply chain management, which is staged by Prof. HUO Baofeng and his colleagues from the School of Management, Zhejiang University. Via a mosaic combination of “plays, skits and games”, these pupils savored their first lesson on current hot topic with great passion and pleasure.

Although this meticulously orchestrated lesson lasted for more than 2 hours, it captured kids’ attention dramatically on a series of core concepts, such as supply chain, company operation, supply chain finance, the bullwhip effect, and profit allocation of the supply chain. Unlike adult education, they incorporated some interesting elements, such as building blocks, puzzles and stories, so as to impart relevant knowledge to kids in a comprehensible manner.

HUO derived his inspiration about this lesson from his conversation with a Stanford professor, who pointed out that China should give priority to disseminating relevant knowledge on supply chain management while implementing the Belt & Road Initiative in as much as supply chain management was not popularized in poor Belt & Road countries and thus failed to bring convenience and benefit to people there.

It then occurred to HUO that he should dedicate himself to open lessons on supply chain management for the cause of public welfare. He wanted to diffuse relevant knowledge to a broader area and at a deeper level, thereby promoting the balanced development of economy and education in Belt & Road countries.

HUO and his colleagues are planning to publish an illustrated book to facilitate the dissemination of relevant management knowledge. Furthermore, their games have been videotaped. Anyone can have access to relevant videos online and follow the lead, thus extending this education and expanding its influence.

To HUO and his colleagues, this activity was challenging and tiring but immensely pleasing and gratifying. They can be held up for being socially responsible and encourage more university teachers to assume responsibility to help those who are in need.