- executive summary
An executive summary is a report or proposal in miniature (usually one page or shorter) – a highly condensed version of the most important information the full document contains. The executive summary contains enough information for the readers to become acquainted with the full document without reading it. Usually, it contains a statement of the problem, some background information, a description of any alternatives, and the major conclusions. Someone reading an executive summary should get a good idea of main points of the document without becoming bogged down with details.
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Source: Oregon State University