Dr. Judith Igelsböck


Reorganizing Industries

Judith studied sociology and science and technology studies at the University of Vienna. In 2016, she joined the Post/Doc Lab Reorganizing Industries of the MCTS as a postdoctoral researcher. Currently, she is conducting research on shifting, dissolving and reinforced industrial borders together with colleagues from the Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) France. Since October 2018, she has been PI of the LIT Project ‘Upper Austrian Innovation Scripts’ – an inquiry and artistic intervention into the organisation of innovation activities. Judith has worked in various social scientific research areas, including human computer and human robot interaction, work studies, science and technology studies, and innovation and organisation studies. These days, she finds herself in an anti-disciplinary and experimental mood. One of her current obsessions is the fusion of theatrical play and innovation research.

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Innovation Studies
  • Organisation Studies
  • Isomorphism in Innovation
  • Innovation Ethics and Ideologies
  • Innovation Scripts, Innovation Theatre
  • Intervention and Invention as Modes of Knowing
  • Artistic Research, Arts-based Research
  • Performance STS
  • Experimental Social Sciences


  • Igelsböck, J. (2018) The Limits of Epistemic Control, the Powers of Actualization, and the Moral Economies of Fictional Collective. In: Social Epistemology, Special Issue: Social and epistemic control in collaborative research. (forthcoming)
  • Igelsboeck, J., Schüssler, E. (2018) New directions for the Institutional Script. In: Nano-Paper Series “Institution – Organisation – Gesellschaft.“ (forthcoming)
  • Igelsböck, Judith; Zölzer, Laura; Prototyping Intervention! – A Workshop and Two Letters; EASST Review; 2018; 35(1)
  • Igelsboeck, J. (2017) Engaging with the Concept of the Script in Industrial Innovation Studies – or how Retro-ANT is Perfect but not ‘Enough’. In Crabu, S., Giardullo, P., Miele, F. and Turrini, M.: Proceedings of the 6th STS Italia Conference – Sociotechnical Environments, 435-446.
  • Igelsboeck, J. (2016): Designing ’Integration Machines’. Computer simulations and modeling in transdisciplinary sustainability research. In: Bettina-Johanna Krings, Hannot Rodriguez, Anna Schleisiek (Eds.): Scientific knowledge and the transgression of boundaries. Springer, 133-160.


  • Igelsböck, Judith (2018) Dramatizing Innovation: ‘Innovation Scripts’ as Devices to Analyze and Intervene into the Organization of Innovation; SCOS/ASCOS Tokyo 2018 – Wabi-Sabi: Imperfection, incompleteness and impermanence in Organisational Life; Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (SCOS) and Australasian Caucus of Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (ACSCOS); 2018
  • Igelsböck, Judith and Antonakaki, Melpomeni (2017); Re-enacting First Encounters. A Semi-Fictional Interactive Play; at #Colleex workshop | Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation Network meeting, Lisbon, Portugal; 2017
  • Igelsböck, Judith; Drewlani, Tobias; The Social Lives of Field Work Devices for the Study of Industrial Reorganization; After Method in Organization Studies; Hochschule Mälardalen, Västeras, Schweden; 2017
  • Igelsböck, Judith; Welcome Note: Prototyping Intervention!; at Workshop Prototyping Intervention! Munich 2017.
  • Igelsböck, Judith; ‘Viscourses’ of Industrie 4.0 – What images do and don’t tell about the future of work in industry; ILPC 2016 International Labour Process Conference; WZB Berlin Social Science Center; 2016