Nurul Afroze Zainal Abidin

Resilience of Malaysian Public Sector Supply Chain to Disruptions in Construction

Nurul Afroze Zainal AbidinSupervisor: Dr Bingunath Ingirige
Year of commencement: January 2014

Afroze’s area of study looks at resilience of the Malaysian construction supply chain to disruptions in public projects. The uncertainty and complexity of the current interdependent global economy have amplified collective exposure of supply chains to disruptive events. In the construction world, the fragmented nature of the temporary project teams and the uncertain operating environment makes construction supply chains more vulnerable to these disruptive events.

In Malaysia, the government has set a goal to transform Malaysia into a prosperous, competitive, dynamic, robust and resilient country by the year 2020 through “Malaysia Vision 2020”. However, despite good plans on the development of public projects, reports show that there are several weaknesses and disruptions in the construction projects delivery that had caused poor project performance. This calls for the need to go beyond the traditional silo approach of the risk management process. Understanding the level of resilience of the construction supply chain in responding to a wide array of disruptions will help supply chains to manage disruptions effectively in future projects and thereby, improve projects performance.

Afroze will therefore continue to investigate in this area, by focusing on the Malaysian construction supply chain’s response to disruptive events, and developing a systematic investigation of their pathogenic influences, resilience capabilities and vulnerabilities in handling disruptions in the effort to improve public projects delivery.

About Afroze

Afroze completed her BSc in Quantity Surveying in 2009 and her MSc in Project Management in Construction in 2013 with a distinction at the School of Built Environment (SOBE), University of Salford. She also received the ‘Best Dissertation’ award from the Journal of Construction Innovation in 2011 and the ‘Laing O’Rourke Prize for MSc Project Management in Construction’ in 2014. Afroze is currently funded by the Malaysian Government under the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) scheme for her PhD. See for more details on Malaysian Government Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) sponsorship body and for The Malaysian Public Works Department (PWD).


  • Zainal, N. (2014). Evolving Resilience Indicators in the Malaysian Construction Supply Chain: A Literature Review and Synthesis. Book of Abstracts of the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience. Salford, UK.
  • Zainal, N. A. (2011). Industrialised Building System (IBS) Risks in Malaysian Public Sector Projects. 1st IBEA Conference 2011 Proceedings: Innovation and Integration – Science, Technology and Policy in the Built Environment. London South Bank University, UK.

Research interests

Resilience, supply chain management, risk management, disruption management, construction management

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