The article regards innovation to be a universal factor in social structures selа-organization.
The key identifying features of innovation are marked out. Innovation is: conjecturally
instrumental, complete, technological and reflective. Building on those features
the author gives
operational definition of innovation. The paper proposes process-spatial approach
the innovation process synthesizing the theory of social self-organization and the
theory. A connection between the basic states of social systems functioning (LS-
discovered by self-organization theory) and innovation process development is shown.
is favorable for innovation formation and diffusion, while HS-mode is preferable
established form of order. The most probable roles of various network structure types
process are identified.