Chain and Flag

Chain and Flag
Before today, I have spoken here of IIIEE and Lund helping live dreams. They have allowed more of my wishes to be fulfilled since. A supply chain sounded intriguing right from the time I was first introduced to the concept during management education. One can at best only imagine how far beyond items all around are connected to.
Well, in our very first academic week, IIIEE gave us a chance to follow a product chain - packaged milk. As the map above shows, we tracked milk on its way from fodder and cow farms to a large dairy (Skånemejerier) and packaging manufacturer (TetraPak), across Skåne in southern Sweden.
There is something about national flags. Passers-by, alumni, families and sundry university officials all took a second glance and many a photograph. There was no denying the photo-op as 18 flag-bearers marched on the street towards and into the university auditorium. Though MESPOMers were not technically graduating that day - they did so in June - they were still represented among the flags. The EU flag was sorely missed. We must fix that next year. After all, while each of us belongs to a country, MESPOM itself belongs to the EU.
The photo-op was exploited to the fullest, and then some. Besides posing with their respective flags, people milked every possible joke, clichéd or otherwise. The American and the Chinese flags together, for instance. But the fun apart, flags brought a kind of solemnity to the occasion. As speaker after speaker extolled the burden of the institute citing the magnitude of environmental problems, the weight of the words suddenly hit you as never before, the flags lending a sort of global feel to what was said.