Marcus Fila

Assistant Professor of Management
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Marcus came to Hope in 2013. He teaches courses in principles of management, marketing management and human resource management. In his role, he consults with organizations in areas of market development, brand promise evaluation and strategies for successful segmentation, targeting and positioning.

Prior to academia, Marcus worked for almost a decade in business development positions, all of which also involved developing and executing in-house training programs. Eight of those years were in executive recruitment, where Marcus initially contacted IT leaders across America to generate business opportunities for executive recruiters. He then worked extensively with Big 4 and Group A accountancy practices in the UK and across Europe, headhunting and placing partners and directors as part of a boutique executive recruitment practice.

Marcus also worked alongside a CEO in all aspects of company development, as well as conducting 360-degree business development with senior executives at Fortune 500 and mid-sized organizations to place IT and engineering professionals throughout the United States.

In addition to his executive recruitment experience, Marcus has also worked in London’s media sales industry. He promoted personalized corporate documentaries to CEOs throughout Europe, the U.S. and South Africa, and ran a team of 12 business developers.

Areas of expertise

Marcus specializes in occupational stress and health from the perspective of understanding causes and consequences of stress at work. These include job design, environmental functioning and relationships with relevant constituents in the workplace, as well as training, socialization and reducing unwanted employee turnover.


  • Ph.D., organizational leadership, Western Michigan University, expected 2016
  • M.Sc., industrial/organizational psychology, Ohio University, 2013
  • MBA with commendation, Kingston Business School, 2005
  • Diploma in management studies with distinction, Greenwich School of Management, 2003
  • A.A., business administration, The Honors Institute – Hillsborough Community College, 2002

Selected publications

  • “Stressful work and voluntary turnover,” Stress and Quality of Working Life (5th Ed.), 2015
  • “Stress E Qualidade De Vida No Trabalho – Stress Interpessoal e Ocupacional,” São Paulo: Editora Atlas, 2015
  • “Disaggregating job satisfaction: Effects of perceived demands, control, and support,” Journal of Business and Psychology, 2014
  • “Work stress and cancer: Exploring the role of the work environment,” Perspectives in Cancer Prevention: Translational Cancer Research, 2014
  • “On Stress in the Workplace,” The Hindu (national newspaper of India)

View more of Marcus’ published work on Digital Commons.

Outside the college

Marcus is an avid soccer and tennis fan. This season, his hometown team, AFC Bournemouth, are playing in the English Premier League for the first time in their history, something Marcus is very excited about. He also has a passion for Indian culture and cuisine. He enjoys dinner parties with friends, as well as cooking with his wife, Beth. Marcus and Beth are active members of Shawnee Park CRC in Grand Rapids, where they live.

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Marcus Fila

Phone Number616.395.7023

VanZoeren Hall-Room 178 41 Graves PLace Holland, MI 49423-3698