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Susan O'Rourke | March 15, 2022

Image of world and a dozen cardboard boxes in front

During the pandemic and following the recent conflict in Ukraine, consumers have been increasingly attuned to the impact of the global supply chain on people’s everyday lives. By discussing the global supply chain in your class, students have an opportunity to learn about how many of our local purchases have global origins. The resources below can help educators explain economic and mathematical concepts foundational to the global supply chain. They also can help students understand the impact of geography and historical events on global trade.

UNC World View also invites you to learn more about the global supply chain by attending the upcoming Richardson Lecture on April 13: Global Supply Chain: Learning Lessons. The 2022 Richardson Lecture will feature a panel discussing the far-ranging impact of the global supply chain as understood by  businesspeople, community leaders, and educators who help North Carolina students understand the changes affecting their families, their state, and the world. Panelists include:

  • Jay Swaminathan, UNC-Kenan Flagler distinguished professor and expert on the global supply chain
  • Derick Close, CEO and owner of Springs Creative Products Group, Carolina Manufacturing, and Springsteen Logistics and a UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus
  • Stephanie Morgan, a math teacher at Pisgah High School in Haywood County, frequent World View participant, and UNC-Chapel Hill alumna

We look forward to this important discussion and encourage you to dive into this topic with your students using the following resources:

Lessons and Activities on the Global Supply Chain

Background on the Recent Challenges:

Industry Examples (Chips, Clothing, Gas, Trucking):

General Background: