The research features the problem of social and economic characteristics of improvement of single-industry cities, or monotowns. Its proposed solution is based on the strategy of their transformation into territories of the advancing social and economic development. It is shown that successful achievement of this strategy requires revealing risk factors of a deviation from the strategy goal and assessing the degree of their negative impact on the process of achievement of the strategic indicators. The methodical aspect can be provided by the operational theory of risk management. Applied methods of the operational theory of risk management together with methods of the systematic economic theory and theory of indistinct sets allow one to increase the chances of successful achievement of a strategic goal and to increase quality of management of formation process (on the basis of monotowns) and to improve the conditions of the advancing social and economic development. The author recommends some methods of identification of risk factors connected with a failure to achieve the strategic goal as well as some methods of development of anti-risk administrative influences.
monotowns, system economics theory, strategy goal characteristics, risk factors