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Meaning of "Executive Summary" in this context?

  1. Oct 12, 2015 #1

    WWGD

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    Hi all,
    I am doing a side job, writing an analysis of a healthcare-related paper . I was asked to follow a specific format : Executive Summary, Statement of Problem, Analysis of Situation, Recommended Solution. I have some idea of what an Exec. Summary is in the context of a business plan, but I am not clear on what it may mean in this context of analyzing a paper using this format. Any ideas?
    Thanks.
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2015 #2

    Borek

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    Something like abstract?
     
  4. Oct 12, 2015 #3

    Evo

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    When I had to write reports with an "Executive Summary", it meant a VERY BRIEF, simplified problem/solution in a small nutshell. I was told it was usually the only part of my report the executive would be reading. We were told to keep it to a small paragraph, our VP was that bad.

    Have you tried googling examples?

    https://www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/writingresources/exec_summaries.cfm
     
  5. Oct 12, 2015 #4

    WWGD

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    Hi, thanks, yes, but all the examples I found were related to sales or personal pitches or business promotion. Thanks.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2015 #5

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    Exactly. Write it like that is all that is going to be read by the important decision makers. That's the theme I use when I include an Executive Summary in something I write. :smile:
     
  7. Oct 15, 2015 #6

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    Executive summaries would explain what was studied, why it was studied, high level summary of results, and probably how it is relevant to the executive/manager reading the report, or how much it would benefit the sponsor of the study - e.g., reduce cost and increase profit, or increase revenue and profit - particularly if it a business case.
     
  8. Oct 28, 2015 #7
    I think what everyone here has said is correct, the main thing that helps me in doing the things already mentioned here is writing the Executive Summary last.
     
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