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Nazirah Zainul Abidin
(Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
E08 / 104C,
School of HBP
USM 11800 Penang, Malaysia
Tel : 604-653 3183/012-5181718
Email : nazirah_za@usm.my

PROFILE

Academic Qualifications  
  • Ph.D. in Value Management and Sustainability, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • M.Sc. in Project Management, USM, Malaysia
  • B.Sc. in Quantity Surveying, University of Salford, United Kingdom
     
Personal Details
 

An associate professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)  (USM). Has been with USM since 2005, in which 4 years (2009 – 2012) as the Head of Quantity Surveying Programme, and another 2 years (2014 – 2015) as Deputy Dean of Academics. She spent almost a year as visiting lecturer at Muscat College, Sultanate of Oman in 2013. An active researcher in the field of quantity surveying, sustainable construction, green building management, environmental performance and value management with many published articles in respectable journals. Had 2 years experience in project management firm as a quantity surveyor prior to service with USM. Graduated from British universities for both undergraduate study and doctorate level. Currently a member of Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, Royal Insitution of Surveyors Malaysia and Institute of Value Management Malaysia. A confident person with capability to adapt to new environment and excellent interpersonal skills. A dedicated leader, resourceful, diligent person, able to work independently and in a team.

     

RESEARCH

Researcher ID (Web ISI) : E-3514-2012
Author ID (Scopus) : 48862234400 / 36119530400 / 8223999300
Google Scholar ID : BsRsJAAAAAJ

Research Grants (ongoing / completed):
1. Soft Costs Model and Influences on Green Construction Projects, FRGS grant (main researcher: completed)
2. Drivers/ Barriers of Innovation Adoption and Creation Among Construction Companies in Malaysia, RU Grant (co-researcher: on-going)
3. Integrated knowledge-based Sustainable Value Planning Framework, FRGS grant (co-researcher: on-going)
4. Exploring Pro-Environment Practices in Malaysian Construction Industry: What Gets Implemented and Where?, ERGS grant (co-researcher: on-going)
5. Green Construction: Developer’s Expectation, Experience and Future Action, ERGS grant (main researcher: completed)
6. An Investigation into Best-Suited Competitive Strategy for Quantity Surveying Firms, USM Short Term Grant (main researcher: completed)
7. A Model of Working From Home (WFH) Concept in Malaysian Construction Industry, FRGS Grant (co-researcher: completed)
8. Identification of Critical Variables on Cost Estimating for Building Conservation Works, USM RU Grant (co-researcher: completed)
9. Identifying the Psychographic Segmentation of House Buyers in the Malaysian Housing Market, USM RU Grant (co-researcher: completed)
10. Implementation of the Sustainable Housing Technology in Malaysia, USM RU Grant (co-researcher: completed)
11. Assessing Environmental Sustainable of Housing Projects in Malaysia, USM RU grant (main researcher: completed)
12. An Appraisal of Sustainable Practices in Malaysia: Developers’ Perspectives, USM Short Term Grant (main researcher: completed)
13. Quality Management and Business Performance of Contractors in Malaysia, USM Short Term Grant (co-researcher: completed)
14. The Impact of Innovation on the Performance of Public Listed Housing Developer in Malaysia, USM RU grant (co-researcher: completed)
15. Towards the Development of the Concept of Innovation in Housing Development in Malaysia, FRGS grant (co-researcher: completed)

PUBLICATION

Publications:
a. Book
1. Environmental Concerns in Malaysian Construction Industry, USM Publisher, 2010

b. Chapter in a Book
1. Value Management in Construction, in New Management Approaches in Construction, Edited by Mastura Jaafar & Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chapter 10, 174 – 195, ISBN: 978-983-861-556-3, 2013
2. Sustainable Construction: Understanding Concept and Application, in New Management Approaches in Construction, Edited by Mastura Jaafar & Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chapter 11, 196 – 210, ISBN: 978-983-861-556-3, 2013
3. Sustainable Construction: Issues in the Malaysian Construction, in Towards a Sustainable Built Environment in Malaysia, Edited by Mahyuddin Ramli and Hugh Byrd, Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chapter 7, 2012
4. Sustainable Construction Practices in Malaysia, in Global Warming, Green Energy and Technology, Ibrahim Dincer, Arif Hepbasli, Adnan Midilli and T. Hikmet Karakoc (eds), Springer Science+Business Media, Turkey, 2010
5. Challenges in Integrating Sustainable Issues into Value Management Practices, Edited by Hamimah Adnan, Mohd Nidzam Ahmad and Abdul Hadi Nawawi Penerbit Universiti Teknologi Mara, 2008. ISBN: 978-967-305-268-4

c. International Journal
1. Perceived Project Sustainability Performance Indicators (PPSPI) for Value Planning, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 202, 89 – 97, 2015
2. Exploring Developers’ Expectation on Green Construction, Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(3), pg 75 – 78, 2015
3. Factors Influencing Contractors’ Commitment to Execute Environmental Management Practices, Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(3), pg 140 – 143, 2015
4. Impact of Leadership Styles and Employee Training on the Performance of Graduates Joining the Real Estate Industry, Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(4), pg 106 – 108, 2015
5. Integrating Green Concept in Built Environment Curriculum, Advances in Environmental Biology, 9(5), pg 43 - 46 , 2015
6. Identification of Soft Cost Elements in Green Projects: Exploring Experts’ Experience , Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 170, 18 – 26, 2015
7. Competitive Strategy and Performances of Quantity Surveying Firms in Malaysia, Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 19(2), 2014
8. Lean Principles: An Innovative Approach for Achieving Sustainability in the Egyptian Construction Industry, Organization, Technology and Management in Construction, 6(1), 917 – 932, 2014
9. Perceptions on Motivating Factors and Future Prospects of Green Construction in Oman, Journal of Sustainable Development, 7(5), 231 – 239, 2014
10. The Challenges of Green Construction in Oman, International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology, 5(1), 33 – 41, 2014
11. Drivers for Green Construction in Oman and its Future Prospects, Middle East Journal of Scientific Research, 21(6), 929 – 935, 2014
12. Commitment of Malaysian Contractors for Environmental Management Practices at Construction Site, International Journal of Sustainable Human Development, 1(3), 119-127, 2013
13. Performance of Housing Maintenance in Public Housing, Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, 4(6), 156 – 163, 2013
14. Enablers and Challenges of A Sustainable Housing Industry in Malaysia, Construction Innovation, 13 (1), 10 – 25, 2013
15. Soft Cost Elements that affect Developers’ Decision to Build Green, International Journal of Civil Science and Engineering, 7(10), 886 – 890, 2013
16. Improving Graduates’ Employability Skills through Industrial Training: Suggestions from Employers, Journal of Education and Practice, 4(4), 23 – 29, 2013
17. The Relationship of Housing Defects, Occupants’ Satisfaction and Loyalty Behaviour in Build-Then-Sell Houses, Procedia Social and Behavioural Sciences, 62(24 Oct), 75 – 86, 2012
18. Applying Competitive Strategy in Quantity Surveying Firms: An Evolving Process, Asian Journal of Management Research, 2 (1), 61 – 73, 2011
19. Student Residential Satisfaction in Research Universities, Journal of Facilities Management, 9 (3), 200 – 212, 2011
20. Measuring the Level of Housing Defects in the Build-Then-Sell Housing Delivery System, International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 3(3), 228 – 234, 2011
21. Does Organizational Culture Influence the Innovativeness of Public-Listed Housing Developers, American Journal of Applied Science, 8(7), 724 – 735, 2011
22. Innovation from the Perspective of Housing Developers in a Developing Country, World Applied Science Journal, 13(4), 819 – 828, 2011
23. Types of Innovation Implemented by Housing Developers in a Developing Country, International Journal of Academic Research, 3(3), 614 – 618, 2011
24. Common Defects Found in Build-Then-Sell Houses, International Journal of Academic Research, 3(4), 494 – 497, 2011
25. Investigating the Awareness and Application of Sustainable Construction Concept by Malaysian Developers, Habitat International, 34(4), 421 – 426, 2010
26. Value Management in Malaysia: A comparison with the UK practices, International Journal of Project Organization and Management, 2(4), 404 – 415, 2010
27. Factors Influencing Firms’ Readiness Towards Innovation in House Building Industry: A Multi-Dimensional Construct, International Journal of Organizational Innovation, 2(3), 74 – 88, 2010
28. Sustainable Construction In Malaysia - Developers' Awareness, International Journal of Human and Social Sciences, 5(2), 122-129, 2010
29. Achieving Sustainability through Value Management: A passing opportunity?, The International Journal of Construction Management, 8(2), 79 – 91, 2008
30. Revolutionize Value Management: A Mode towards Sustainability, International Journal of Project Management, 25(3), 275 – 282, 2007
31. Delivering Sustainability through Value Management: The Concept and Performance Overview, Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 12(2), 168 – 180, 2005
32. Improving Sustainability Consideration within Value Management Practices, Value, Institute of Value Management United Kingdom, 13 (2), 14 – 16, 2004

d. National Journal
1. Concept of Environmental Sustainability Awareness Strategies in Pre-Construction Stage, Journal of Tropical Resources and Sustainable Science, Vol. 3, 103-116, 2015
2. Climbing the Green Ladder, Habitat Magazine, 3rd Ed., Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia, 2012 (National)
3. Competitive Strategy in Quantity Surveying Firms: Weigh Your Option, The Malaysian Surveyor: The Professional Journal of Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia, Vol. 47 (2), 16 – 19, 2012
4. Sustainable Housing Industry: Are We Ready For It?, Habitat Magazine, 2nd Ed., Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia, 37 – 40, 2010
5. Awareness on Environment in Construction: Commitment and Progress, The Malaysian Surveyor, 44(1),8 – 13, 2009
6. Developing Sustainable Human Settlements in Malaysia: The Islamic Sustainable Construction Perspective, Habitat Magazine: Special Edition, Ministry of Housing and Local Government Malaysia, 58 – 61, 2009
7. A Proposed Method for Measuring the Innovativeness of Private Housing Developers in Malaysia, Malaysian Journal of Real Estate, 2(1), 55 – 60, 2007
8. Multi-modal Thinking for Attaining Sustainability in Construction Process, Journal of Real Estate, 2(1), 1 – 18, 2007

e. Conference Proceeding
1. Professional Engagement Issues in Green Construction Projects, in Proceeding of 3rd International Conference on Livable Cities (ICLC), 30 Nov – 2 Dec, Penang, 215 – 222, 2015
2. Knowledge Sharing For Sustainable Value Planning: Using PLS-SEM in Exploratory –Explanatory Analysis, in Proceeding of the 2nd International Conference on Research Methodology for Built Environment and Engineering, Kuala Lumpur, 7 Oct., 64 – 69, 2015
3. Commitment of Malaysian Contractors for Environmental Management Practices at Construction Site, International Conference on Sustainable Human Development, Brunel University, United Kingdom, 3 – 4 July 2013
4. Employers’ Evaluation on Student Performance in Industrial Training: A Case of Built Environment Students in a Public Unviersity in Malaysia, in Proceeding of Recent Technological Advances in Education, Series 5, April 2 – 4, 152 – 157, 2013
5. Motivation and Expectation of Developers on Green Construction: A Conceptual View, In Proceeding of World of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Conference of Housing and Urban Environments, Venice, Issue 76, 14 – 15 April 2013, 100 – 104
6. Main Elements of Soft Cost in Green Buildings, In Proceeding of World of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction Engineering, Phuket, Dec 2012, 168 – 173
7. A Foresight into Green Housing Industry in Malaysia, In Proceeding of World of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Conference of Housing and Urban Environments, Stockholm, Issue 66, July 2012, 465-473
8. Enhancing Competitive Edge: Quantity Surveying Firms in Global Market, Quantity Surveying International Convention (QSIC), Penang, Malaysia, 11 – 12 Oct. 2011, 85 – 92
9. The Challenges in the Application of Sustainable Construction Concept in the Malaysian Housing Industry, International Research Conference on Sustainability in Built Environment, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18 – 19 June 2010, 19 – 30
10. Sustainable Construction In Malaysia - Developers' Awareness, International Conference of Sustainable Design and Construction, WASET, Tokyo, Vol. 41, May 2009, 807-814
11. Applying Built Then Sell (BTS) Towards a Better Quality Housing: A Review, 3rd International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries, (ICBEDC), 2 – 3 Dec 2009, Penang, 1207 – 1217
12. Importance of Planning Stage in Sustainable Housing Projects, ICBEDC, 2 – 3 Dec 2009, Penang, 1086 – 1102
13. Review on Knowledge Sharing Practices in an Organisation: In the Context of Quantity Surveying Firms, ICBEDC, 2 – 3 Dec 2009, Penang, 1030 – 1044
14. Environmental Protection in Construction Projects: A Review on Penang Island, ICBEDC, 2 – 3 Dec 2009, Penang, 668 – 686
15. The Need for Housing Maintenance Management, ICBEDC, 2 – 3 Dec 2009, Penang, 942 – 953
16. A Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Housing Maintenance Management, 8th Annual Conference of Management in Construction Researchers Association (MiCRA), Penang, 9 – 10 June 2009, 83 -89.
17. Causes of Defect in Housing Industry, MiCRA, Penang, 9 – 10 June 2009, 103 -110
18. Sustainable Construction from Islamic Perspective: Towards Strategizing an Enhanced Economic Growth Area for the Empowerment of the Ummah, 3rd Islamic Economy Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Jan 2009, 53-66.
19. Sustainable Concept Awareness in Malaysia Construction Practices, Built Environment and Natural Environment (BEAN) Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, 19 – 20 May 2008.
20. Sustainable Practices in Malaysia: Are we ready for it?, Global Conference on Global Warming, 6 – 10 July 2008, Istanbul, Turkey, 379 – 388.
21. A Model for Measuring Organisational Innovativeness in the House-Building Industry, ICBEDC, 3 -4 Dec. 2008, Penang.
22. Advantages and Importance of Innovation in Housing Industry, ICBEDC, 3 -4 Dec. 2008, Penang.
23. Environmental Sustainability in Construction Practices: A Study on Issues and Application, MICRA, Selangor, 18 – 19 June 2008.
24. Concept of Innovation in Housing Development: A Review, MICRA, Selangor, 18 – 19 June 2008.
25. The Application of Sustainable Practices in Malaysian Construction Industry, International Conference to Questions of the Sustainable Development of Regions, Praque, Chech Republic, 24 – 25 May 2007.
26. The Impact of Construction on Environment in Malaysia, EcoSummit, Beijing, Republic of China, 23 – 26 May 2007.
27. Raising Eco-Conscious in Construction: Are We Onboard?, 5th Tourism Educators’ Conference on Tourism and Hospitality, Penang, 3 – 4 August 2007
28. Involvement of Sustainability Issues in Value Management: Requisite Factors, International Conference on Construction Industry (ICCI), Padang, Indonesia, 21 – 24 June 2006.
29. Management Responsibility and Business Performance Between ISO 9000 and Non – ISO 9000 Certified Contractors in Malaysia, ICCI, Padang, Indonesia, 21 – 24 June 2006.
30. Challenges in Integrating Sustainable Issues into Value Management Practices, International Conference in the Built Environment in the 21st Century (ICiBE 2006), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 – 15 June 2006, Vol. 1, 353 – 360.
31. Managing Sustainability Using Value Management: Reality or Fantasy, QSIC, Subang, Kuala Lumpur, 4 – 5 Sept 2006.
32. Architects Perceptions Towards Service Quality Provided by Quantity Surveying, QSIC, Subang, Kuala Lumpur, 4 – 5 Sept. 2006
33. The Integration of Sustainability into Value Management: Introducing a Conceptual Model, International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (ICCREM), Penang, Malaysia, Vol. 1, Dec. 2005, 682 – 687.
34. Moving Towards Sustainability through Value Management, Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions W55, W65 and W107 (CIB Conference), Singapore, October 2003, Vol. 2, 258-268.
35. An Approach towards Managing Knowledge for Sustainable Construction, CIB Conference, Singapore, October 2003, Vol. 2.
36. Moving towards More Sustainable Construction, RICS Foundation Construction and Building Research Conference (RICS conference), United Kingdom, 1 – 2 Sept 2003, 88 – 102.
37. A Proposal for Achieving Sustainability in Construction Projects through Concurrent Engineering, RICS Conference, United Kingdom, 1 – 2 Sept. 2003.

AWARDS

AWARDS

a. National Level
1. Anugerah Juruukur Bahan Muda Berpotensi (Promising Young Quantity Surveyor Award) 2010, by Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia, 23 April 2010


b. University Level
1. Penghargaan Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Appreciation of Excellent Service) 2010, 2011, by School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
2. Hadiah sanjungan (Honorary Gift) USM 2010, Journal Publication Category (Habitat International)
3. Anugerah Khidmat Cemerlang (Excellent Service Award) 2008, by Universiti Sains Malaysia.

 

SUPERVISON

Postgraduate Supervision (main / co-supervisor):
a. Ph.D
1. Izyan Yahaya, Contractor’s Awareness to Contruct Green Building (Main supervisor)
2. Nurul Zahirah Mokhtar Azizi, Effective Cost Distribution in Green Building (Main supervisor)
3. Azila Adros, The Role of Contractor in Green Projects. (Main supervisor)
4. Garba Maiunguwa Umar, Payment Model in Nigeria (Main supervisor)
5. Ayishatul Powmya Sampaje Ebrahim, Implementation of Environmental Sustainabillity within Omani Building Construction (Main supervisor)
6. Fatma Nasser Mas’oud Al Harthy, Leadership in Higher Education in Oman, (Co-supervisor)
7. Soon Lam Tat, The involvement of QS in BIM Application (Co-supervisor)
8. Faudzi Muhammad, Effective Knowledge Sharing for Value Management Implementation in Malaysia (Co-supervisor)
9. Maslinda Abd Lateh, The Role of Local Authority in Implementing Sustainable Housing (Co-supervisor - Part time)

b. Master by Research
1. Nadia Alina Amir Shariffuddin, Soft Costs Model of Green Construction Projects
2. Nur Diyana Afandi, Green Construction: Developer’s Expectation, Experience and Future Action (Completed)
3. Nur Azila Adros, Competitive Strategy in Quantity Surveying Firms (Completed)
4. Lai Kong Seng, The Concept of Innovation in Housing Development (Developers’ Perspective (completed)
5. Siti Nur Fazillah Mohd Fauzi, Comparing the sell then built (STB) and Built then Sell (BTS) Systems in Malaysia: Towards A Better Quality Housing (completed)