Writing the Executive Summary

An executive summary, as the term implies, is a summarized version of a longer presentation.  It is similar to an abstract, but it is usually less formal.  It is intended to be read quickly and easily by an audience that is not necessary expert on the topic.  Executive summaries vary in length and format.  The list below will provide you with guidelines and examples.

 

A List of Online Resources

Overview: Executive Summary

Writing@CSU, Colorado State University

 

Writing the Executive Summary

Columbia University

 

Summaries, Abstracts, Executive Summaries

University of Dayton School of Engineering

 

Executive Summaries Complete The Report

G. Jay Christensen, California State University Northridge

 

How to Write an Executive Summary

University of Maryland Business Plan Competition 2004

 

Writing Executive Summaries

James C. Morrison, Dept. of Urban Studies & Planning, Massachusetts State University

 

Good and Poor Examples of Executive Summaries

UniLearning, University of Wollongong (Australia)

 

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